is Eminence Cardinal Richard Kuuia Baawobr, the Cardinal of Ghana, passed away at the age of 63.
The Cardinal died on November 27th, according to a statement made by the Secretary General of Missionary Of Africa.
At 5.45 p.m., an ambulance transported our confrere from the Generalate to the Gemelli Hospital, and at 6.25 p.m., we learned the tragic news. Parts of the statement read, “May Richard rest in the peace of his Lord whom he so humbly served.
The Secretary-General also expressed sympathy to the late Cardinal’s friends, colleagues among the bishops, and family.
At the Santo Spirito Hospital in Rome, Cardinal Kuuia Baawobr was admitted to the hospital in August, just before the Vatican ceremony in which he was to receive a red biretta from Pope Francis.
He underwent a heart operation during that time and was released from Agostino Gemelli University Hospital/Policlinic, where he had been transferred on Saturday, October 15, on Friday, November 18.
While receiving medical care in the Roman hospital, the 63-year-old was given the title of cardinal. Following his homily for the consistory, Pope Francis urged the congregation to pray for Baawobr.
At the end of July, Baawobr was chosen to lead the organization of African bishops known as SECAM (Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar).
Since 2016, he has served as the bishop of Wa in northwest Ghana. He is well-known in his community for his kindness and concern for people with mental disabilities in a nation where the stigma surrounding mental illness is still very prevalent.
He started a diocesan street ministry six years ago that enlists the help of parish volunteers and medical professionals to provide care and assistance to individuals with mental disabilities who have been abandoned by their families.