On Thursday 2nd June 2022, the Upper West Regional Minister, Dr Hafiz Bin Salih together with members of the Regional Security Council, paid a courtesy call on , His Eminence Cardinal Richard Kuuia Baawobr at his residence to congratulate him on his elevation to the position of a Cardinal of the Catholic Church by the Pope.
The Minister wished him well in his new position and pledged the support of the Region for him to succeed.
His Eminence Richard Kuuia Baawobr is the third Cardinal in Ghana after Cardinal Dery and Appiah Turkson. He was named as part of 21 new Cardinals around the world announced by Pope Francis on Sunday (May 29, 2022).
The College of Cardinals currently consists of 208 Cardinals, of whom 117 are electors and 91 non-electors. As of 27 August, the number will grow to 229 Cardinals, of whom 131 will be electors.
Eight of the newly named Cardinals are from Europe, six from Asia, two from Africa, one from North America, and four from Central and Latin America.

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