Rev. Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle

Rev. Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle Rev. Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle

Commissioner - National Reconciliation Commission (Ghana) (May 2002 - )

First Vice President - Caritas Internationalis (1995 - )

Bishop of Koforidua - Catholic Church of Ghana (1993 - )

Seminary Prefect and Teacher - Pope John XXIII Secondary School and Seminary (Ghana) (1976 - 1980)

Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle (born June 15, 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.

He was educated in the Pope John Senior High School and Minor Seminary in Ghana and at the Pontifical Urban College and University, Rome, Italy 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, Rome, Italy. He had also been a chaplain and teacher at both the Pope John Senior High School and Minor Seminary and at Achimota School.

He was ordained as a priest on 12th December, 1976, as a Bishop on 6th January, 1993 and installed as an Archbishop 28th May, 2005.

From 1994 to 2004 he served as the Bishop-Chairman for the Department of Socio-Economic Development of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference in Ghana, and from 1995 to 2003 was President of Caritas Africa Region and First Vice President of Caritas International, a federation of 198 member-organizations in 154 countries all over the world with headquarters in the Vatican City. He was appointed the first Bishop of the newly created diocese of Koforidua in 1992 and in March 30, 2005, he became the Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra.

He was a member of 9-member National Reconciliation Commission (NRC) from May 2002 to October 2004 set to bring truth and reconciliation in Ghana owing to previous human right abuses and atrocities.

In 2002 he apologized on behalf of Africans for the part Africans played in the slave trade, and the apology was accepted by bishop John Ricard of Pensacola-Tallahassee.

He has remained vocal in the political scene of Ghana and Africa on issues including political violence and homosexuality.

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