He went on to encourage the reinstatement of justice and peace in the country, asking Ghanaians “to wish for ourselves that our upcoming elections in December will come out peacefully and successfully.”
The Local Ordinary of Ghana’s Tamale Archdiocese gave a brief history of the Church in Ghana which was re-founded in 1880 by the Society of African Missions (SMA) in the South and by the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) in 1905 in the Northern part of the Country.
“The Church in Ghana is over 140 years old with a remarkable growth of being a small community in the Western Coast to a large community in the 16 Regions of Ghana,” he said.
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He told the Papal representative that there has been remarkable growth of the Church with 19 Dioceses and a Vicariate; about 2,000 Diocesan and Religious Priests; and about 60 male and female Religious Orders.
“We have a vibrant laity who support the evangelization mission of the Church and who have offered themselves to be formed and transformed by the Church. Some men and women have been recognized by the Pope with the conferment as Papal Knights and Dames,” he told the new representative of the Holy Father in Ghana on October 15.
Welcoming the Nuncio earlier, the Vice President of the GCBC, Archbishop Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle said, “It is with great joy that the entire Church in Ghana will like to welcome you.”
Ordained a Priest in June 1995, Archbishop Jagodzinski entered the Holy See diplomatic service in 2001. Since then, he has served in the Pontifical Representations in Belarus, Croatia and India as well as the Vatican’s Section for Relations with States in the Secretariat of State.
From 2018 until his May 3 appointment as Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana, he was assigned as First Counsellor in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.
In Ghana, he has succeeded Archbishop Jean Marie Speich who served as Apostolic Nuncio in the West African nation for a period of six years, from August 2013 to March 2019.