- Jul 12, 2020
Archbishop John Bonaventure Kwofie assured Burkina Faso Cardinal Philippe Ouedraogo of the continent’s solidarity after the cardinal tested positive for COVID-19.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced out of their homes in Burkina Faso as Christian communities are targeted in a spiral of Islamist killings.
Gunmen killed 24 men, including a church pastor, and kidnapped three others on Sunday in Burkina Faso, an official said. It was the latest attack against a religious leader in the increasingly unstable West African nation.
Burkina Faso has been consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in a bid to stem the tide of jihadist attacks in the country and the rest of the Sahel region of Africa.
As terrorist attacks continue unabated in Africa’s Sahel region, the Catholic bishops in Niger and Burkina Faso have warned against the situation “degenerating into inter-communal conflicts.”
The bishops of five West African nations committed to a renewed effort to seek peace in the Sahel region as growing violence has disrupted daily life and uprooted entire communities.