It is with deep sadness that the Archdiocese of Bouaké announced the passing unto glory of her emeritus archbishop, Mgr Paul Siméon Ahouanan after years of battling health issues, Mgr. Paul Siméon Ahouanan who peacefully passed away on Monday, February 12, 2024, in Abidjan, at the age of 72.

The Ivorian Episcopal Conference conveyed this sad news through a statement sent to the central office of RECOWACERAO NEWS AGENCY (RECONA) in Abidjan. “His Excellency Mgr Paul Siméon Ahouanan Djro, OFM, Archbishop of Bouake fell asleep in the peace of God, on Monday, February 12, 2024, in Abidjan, at the age of 72, after 28 years of episcopate,” the statement reads.

The funeral arrangements will be announced in due course, according to the information provided.

Mgr Paul Siméon Ahouanan succeeded Mgr Vital Komenan Yao as Archbishop of Bouaké. Before that, he also served as Bishop of Yamoussoukro from 1995 to 2006. His appointment as head of the National Commission for Reconciliation and Compensation of Victims (Conariv) in 2015 marked his commitment to peace and justice in Côte d’Ivoire.

During his tenure at CONARIV, Mgr Paul Siméon Ahouanan made several important recommendations, including the establishment of a day of celebration of forgiveness, the creation of a special fund for medical expertise, and the issuance of cards to victims, separate from the compensation fund. His work was praised for its rigor and commitment to national reconciliation.

His dedication to the people of God and his particular church of Bouaké will be remembered. As a Franciscan religious, Mgr Paul Siméon Ahouanan devoted his life to serving God and his community. His passing leaves a huge void in the Ivorian Catholic community, but his legacy of faith, love, and dedication will continue to inspire future generations.

We pay tribute to Mgr Paul Siméon Ahouanan for his life of service and pray for the eternal rest of his soul. May his example of compassion and dedication continue to guide those he has left behind.

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