Ouagadougou, 08 April, 2020 / 9:31 am (ACI Africa).
The Archbishop of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, Phillip Cardinal Ouédraogo who was hospitalized at the end of last month for COVID-19 has, in his message on the occasion of Palm Sunday celebrated April 5, called for solidarity in the care for patients diagnosed with the virus that has claimed at least 82,000 lives globally.
“I would like, from the bottom of my heart as a Pastor, to launch a great cry for a profound impulse of solidarity at the local, regional and international level for those sick of COVID-19,” Cardinal Ouédraogo stated in his message on the occasion of Palm Sunday.
“There is an urgent need for adequate means to save the many human lives affected,” Cardinal Ouédraogo who is the President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) and the first African Cardinal known to have tested positive for COVID-19 added.
In the Palm Sunday message to the clergy, Christians and people of goodwill, the Burkinabe Cardinal underscored the importance of collective initiatives in the fight against the virus that has infected at least 1.43 million people across the globe saying, “One finger does not pick up flour, teaches an African Proverb. Let us therefore unite to drive this dreadful scourge with its unfortunate consequences out of our country and out of the world.”
The 75-year-old Cardinal recounted the circumstances leading to his hospitalization saying, “Beloved brothers and sisters, in the morning of Monday, March 30, 2020, I received from the doctors the positive result of my test done 48 hours before. I thus joined the countless crowds of patients confined all over the world for treatment. It doesn't just happen to others!”