The mortal remains of Ghana’s second Cardinal, late Richard Cardinal Kuuia Baawobr, MAfr. who doubled as the Bishop of the Wa Diocese, and President of Symposium Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) arrived in Ghana from Rome on December 21.
The arrival of the remains of the late Cardinal begins processes for the final burial mass and interment of the prelate who succumbed to death in the abode of the Missionaries of Africa in Rome, months after being created cardinal by Pope Francis.
The body of the late prelate was received by the Ghana Catholic Bishop’s Conference on Wednesday, December at about 07:40pm at the Kotoka International Airport, in Accra.
Led by its President, Most Rev. Matthew Gyamfi, prayers were said by the Bishops’ Conference in the company of priests and religious of the Church in Ghana and representatives of the Wa Diocese and the family of the late cardinal.
The remains was flown on Thursday morning to his home Diocese and will be kept at the Wa Regional Hospital whiles preparations are made to bid him farewell by the church at a funeral slated for 11th and 12th January 2023.
It would be recalled that the late Richard Cardinal Kuuia Baawobr, MAfr. an honourable Prince of the Church was appointed a Cardinal on 27th August 2022, by Pope Francis, being the second Ghanaian prelate elevated to that position after Peter Cardinal Poreku Dery.
He left the shores of Ghana for his investiture in the Vatican which was scheduled for August 27, 2022.
The Cardinal, however, could not take part in the event due to ill health.
He was hospitalized at the Agostino Gemelli University Hospital/Policlinic where he underwent surgery and later discharged and stayed at the Generalate of Missionary Of Africa in Rome.
His demise was announced in a statement issued by the Secretary-General Missionary Of Africa, André-L. Simonart MAFr. on Sunday, November 27.
He led the Diocese of Wa, in northwest Ghana, since 2016, and is known locally for his charity and care for people with mental disabilities in a country where the stigmatization of mental illness is still high.