Pope Francis is expected to make some announcements concerning the Church in Ghana, Catholic Trends sources at the Vatican have revealed.
Although Catholic Trends sources are yet to confirm the specifics of the announcement. It is confirmed that the announcement will be soon.
Credible sources indicate that the development will be after the arrival of the Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana, His Excellency Henryk Mieczysław Jagodziński from leave.
On July 10, Catholic Trends reported that the Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana, His Excellency Henryk Mieczysław Jagodziński is set to return from leave on July 13, 2023.
“With his arrival, the Catholic Church in Ghana anticipates significant developments expected to shape the future of the faith in the country,” the report said.
One of such developments is the presentation of the Ad Limina statement of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference to His Holiness Pope Francis.
The Ad Limina statement captures a comprehensive report on the state of the Church in Ghana, and highlights the accomplishments, challenges, and aspirations of the Catholic community in the country.
This is because the Bishops missed their meeting with the Pope during their Ad Limina visit in May 2023.
The eagerly anticipated meeting between members of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference and Pope Francis during their Ad Limina visit was thwarted by unforeseen circumstances.
The meeting scheduled for Friday, May 26, 2023, was reportedly canceled due to issues relating to the health of the Pope.
It will be recalled that Pope Francis recently announced a consistory to be held at the Vatican on 30 September 2023 for the creation of new cardinals from around the world.
It can also be recalled that the Vatican on July 7 published the full list of participants who will take part in the upcoming Synod on Synodality assembly in October.
Nearly a third of the 364 voting delegates in the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops were chosen directly by Pope Francis.
For the first time, laypeople will not only participate in the Synod of Bishops assembly but also will be full members, with the ability to vote on a final document at the end of the process in October 2024.
Pope Francis chose 120 delegates including the Archbishop of Cape Coast, Most Rev. Gabriel Charles Palmer-Buckle, and his brother Bishop, Most Rev. Emmanuel Kofi Fianu, the Bishop of Ho and Vice President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
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