“I had had the privilege to know and appreciate Cardinal Richard Baawobr during my mission in Ghana,” he said, and continued, “On his invitation, in the beginning of my mission in Ghana, I made my first pastoral visit in the Dioceses of Wa. I will never forget our common partnership and priorities in the period of his pastoral governance in the Diocese of Wa, characterized by a serene, welcoming goodness and shared wisdom.”
The Apostolic Nuncio in Ghana further said, “The whole Diocese of Wa, under his guidance, carried out an intense work that took the form of an organic pastoral plan proposed to the Clergy and faithful and articulated on fundamental themes such as evangelization and sacraments, evangelization and human promotion, evangelization and ministries.”
“Cardinal Baawobr lived in this service to the Church guided by an uncommon spirit of humility,” the native of Poland who was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana in May 2020 said about the Catholic Church leader who had been at the helm of Wa Diocese since May 2016.
He added, “Reluctant to speak of himself, Cardinal Baawobr could instead express his joy when he explained his thoughts on the demands of the Priestly mission in the light of the demands of our time.”
“The death of our dear brother in Christ certainly saddens us. But it is also an encouragement for all of us to continue with humility and simplicity in faithful service to the Gospel, always being prepared for the Lord's call,” Archbishop Jagodziński said about Cardinal Baawobr who, at the time of his death, was serving as the President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) since his election in July last year.
The Nuncio continued, “Although we are saddened by the loss of a great pastor, brother, and friend whom we have known well and with whom we have traveled a stretch of the road, let us thank the Almighty God for having given us in Him an example of a docile and industrious service in his vineyard.”
“Cardinal Richard fell asleep in the Lord after a life spent entirely for the Church,” Archbishop Jagodziński said, and added, “We have not lost him. He has entered into true life. Let us now raise our prayer that the Lord may welcome him to his side.”
“Let us ask the Mother of the Redeemer and all the angels and saints of heaven to accompany him to the definitive encounter with the Lord,” the Nuncio said.
The Ghanaian-born Cardinal passed on days after he was discharged from hospital in Rome, and reportedly expressed gratitude to all those who accompanied him with prayers.
The member of the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) had been among the 21 Catholic Church leaders Pope Francis named Cardinals in May last year, and among the 20 he created during the August 2022 Consistory. The late Cardinal missed the 27 August 2022 Consistory that was presided over by the Holy Father in St. Peter’s Basilica due to a heart problem.