His Eminence Richard Cardinal Kuuia Baawobr, Bishop of Wa, Ghana has been reported dead.
The Cardinal is said to have died on Sunday, 27 November 2022.
“Our confrere was taken by ambulance from the Generalate to the Gemelli Hospital at 5.45pm and we received the sad news at 6.25pm,” an official communication said.
On 18th November 2022, the Cardinal was discharged from Agostino Gemelli University Hospital/Policlinic where he had been transferred to on Saturday, 15th October 2022.
On August 27, Pope Francis called for prayers for Ghanaian Cardinal Richard Kuuia Baawobr who is said to have taken ill upon his arrival in Rome for a Consistory officially creating new cardinals for the Church.
“..Richard Cardinal Kuuia Baawobr who since his arrival in Rome fell ill and has been hospitalized with problems of the heart and it seems he may need to have surgery. Let’s remember him as well,” Pope Francis said.
In February 2016, His Eminence Baawobr was appointed the 4th Bishop of Wa, taking over from His Lordship Paul Bemile. This was after he had served six (6) years as Superior General of the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) from May 2010.
He was the first African to occupy the Office.
Shortly after his announced elevation to the Office of Cardinal in August, His Eminence was elected President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) at its 19th Plenary held in Accra.
The continental body is composed of eight (8) regional conferences, and Cardinal Baawobr is the first Ghanaian to serve as its President.
He replaced Philippe Cardinal Ouedraogo Nakellentuba, Metropolitan Archbishop of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).