- Aug 14, 2020
One year after a high-stakes meeting for their Golden Jubilee, Africa’s continental body of bishops has had to adjust their bold new vision for evangelization due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has offered both challenges and unexpected opportunities.
Cardinal Philippe Ouedraogo, president of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar, has urged courage in Africa, as cases of COVID-19 increase amid adoption of containment measures and prayers to defeat the pandemic.
Cardinal Philippe Ouédraogo, who is now recovered after contracting the coronavirus, has issued a statement insisting that the pandemic is not a punishment from God, and appealing for debt forgiveness to help cushion Africa from the economic devastation of the pandemic.
Catholic clergy in Africa’s northern Sahel region have warned that Islamist insurgents could intensify attacks during the COVID-19 pandemic while police and troops are diverted to civil order duties.
Writing from his hospital bed in Ouagadougouin, Burkina Faso, where he is being treated for the COVID-19 coronavirus, Cardinal Philippe Ouedraogo voiced gratitude to all those who are praying for him, saying he is offering his illness for other patients and for peace in his country.
Archbishop John Bonaventure Kwofie assured Burkina Faso Cardinal Philippe Ouedraogo of the continent’s solidarity after the cardinal tested positive for COVID-19.