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Archbishop Gabriel Palmer Buckle installed as 5th Archbishop of Cape Coast

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A well-attended service was held last Thursday to officially install His Grace, Archbishop Gabriel Palmer Buckle as the new Archbishop for the Cape Coast Archdiocese of the Catholic Church.

Archbishop Palmer Buckle took over from his predecessor, Emeritus Archbishop Mathias Kobina Nketsia who retired some months ago.

The Ceremony hosted the Omanhen of Oguaa, Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, the honourable Central Regional Minister, Mr. Kwamena Duncan and other top clerics of the Catholic Church, including a representative of the Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana.

Speaking at the Installation ceremony, the Omanhen of Oguaa extended a warm welcome to the new Archbishop and wished him well during his apostolic duties as the Bishop of the diocese. He reminded the newly installed Bishop to shepherd his congregation in humility and instill a sense of peace and hope in them.

The Central Regional Minister, Mr. Kwamena Duncan on his part, called on the new Archbishop to use his influence as a dignified national icon of respect and honour to impact the Diocese.

According to Archbishop Palmer Buckle, though his election to the Cape Coast Archdiocese came as a surprise to him, he is ever ready to serve diligently to promote the work of God.

“This appointment is definitely not only a shock to the priest of cape coast Arch diocese it is a tsunami to me. I am still getting settled about the dizziness given me. If the missionaries gave themselves in sacrifice, how much we Ghanaians in our own country and our diocese as priests and religious leaders what can we not do and what must we not be ready to do?”

Born on June 15, 1950 at Axim in the Western Region, Archbishop Palmer Buckle has for the past 42 years served the Catholic Church in different capacities. In November 1992, then Fr. Palmer-Buckle, he was nominated the first Bishop of the newly created Catholic Diocese of Koforidua and was subsequently instated as Bishop in 1993 and then on March 30, 2005, was appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra by His Holiness Pope John Paul II of blessed memory.

He was elected on May 11, 2018, by His Holiness Pope Francis and is currently the 5th Archbishop of the Cape Coast Archdiocese.

By: Kojo Dei/ATL FM News