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Archbishop Mathias Nketsiah resigns as the Archbishop of the Catholic Diocese of Capecoast

Source: Kweku Bee Abrante l May 11, 2018

Archbishop of the Catholic Church in the  Capecoast Metropolis, Archbishop Mathias Nketsiah has   resigned as the Archbishop of the  Catholic Diocese of Capecoast.  

A communiqué  issued from the Apostolic Nunciature in Ghana, issued by Most. Rev. Jean Marie Speich, said Pope Francis had accepted the resignation.

The communiqué said: “His Holiness Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of His Grace Archbishop Mathias Nketsiah of Cape Coast and has appointed His Grace Most Rev Charles Palmer-Buckle as the new Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cape Coast.”

“The news is released from the Apostolic Nunciature by His Excellency Most Rev. Jean Marie Speich, the Apostolic Nuncio.”

Archbishop Mathias Kwabena Nketsiah in an interview with Okokroko FM’s Kweku Bee Abrante  revealed that,  the practice is in accordance with Catholics Canon Law, 401 paragraph 1, which directs diocesan Bishops who have completed their  75 years of age to send their resignation from office to the Pope in charge and waits for his resignation to be accepted and get replaced before leaving office.

He continued, that he had turned 75 last year and so followed due process to resign.

The Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra, Most. Rev. Charles Palmer-Buckle, has been transferred to Cape Coast to replace him and will now be in charge as the new Archbishop of the metropolitan Catholic church in Capecoast.

Archbishop Mathias Kwabena  Nketsiah
was installed as the Archbishop of Cape Coast in June 2010.
He was ordained as the Titular Bishop of Abaradira in 2007, and appointed Apostolic Administrator of Sekondi-Takoradi in 2011, but ceased occupying the post in 2014.

About Palmer- Buckle

The Most Reverend Charles Gabriel Palmer- Buckle (born 15 June 1950 in Axim, Ghana) is a Ghanaian Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church, a former teacher and a key figure in the political scene in Ghana.

He is the Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra and is the second Ghanaian native to become Archbishop of Accra. Installed in 2005, he became the 4th Ordinary for Accra since its establishment as a diocese. He was also the first Bishop of Koforidua. He was educated in the Pope John Senior High School and Minor Seminary in Ghana and at the Pontifical Urban University where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and another in Sacred Theology.

He also holds a Doctorate Degree in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome. He had also been a chaplain and teacher at both the Pope John Senior High School and Minor Seminary and at Achimota School. 

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