Pope mourns as cardinal dies 3 months after appointment

Pope Francis on Tuesday expressed his condolences to the family of late Bishop Richard Kuuia Baawobr of Ghana and his diocese of Wa in the north of the West African country.

Bishop Baawobr died on Sunday at the age of 63, three months after his appointment as cardinal.

The Holy See did not give any information on the cause of death.

Richard Kuuia Baawobr M.Afr. (21 June 1959 – 27 November 2022) was a Ghanaian prelate of the Catholic Church, who was bishop of Wa in Ghana from 2016 until his death in late 2022.

He had only been appointed Cardinal on Aug. 27. This would have given him the right to elect a new pope in a conclave.

The bishop was in Rome at the end of August when he was appointed cardinal, but was unable to attend the ceremony.

Pope Francis reported that at that time Baawobr had heart problems after his arrival and probably needed surgery. (dpa)

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