Accra, 29 July, 2022 / 9:40 pm (ACI Africa).
Bishop Richard Kuuia Baawobr, one of the two Cardinals-designate from Africa, has described his being named candidate to receive a red hat in August as “an invitation to serve” the people of God in Ghana.
The Bishop of Ghana’s Catholic Diocese of Wa is expected to become Cardinal alongside Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke of the Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia (CADEK) in Nigeria and 19 others from across the globe during the August 27 Consistory.
In a Thursday, July 28 interview with ACI Africa, the Ghanaian Cardinal-designate shared his reaction following news of his being named Cardinal and preparations for the next Consistory.
“The news came as a surprise. I did not expect it at all. I had just finished Mass when somebody announced to me that it was on social media, that I've been appointed Cardinal,” Bishop Baawobr told ACI Africa on the sidelines of the 19th Plenary Assembly of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) in Accra, Ghana.
He added, “I didn't believe it until I started getting calls from different places, including the Nuncio and (his) Secretary. So, I said, that's true. Then I switched on my phone and I saw that it was true.”