Ouagadougou, 13 May, 2020 / 1:59 am (ACI Africa).
The resumption of the celebration of Holy Mass in public in the West African nations of Burkina Faso and Niger is expected on the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, Thursday, May 21, the Bishops in the two-nation Conference announced over the weekend.
“We, your Pastors, after having prayed deeply and exchanged at length among ourselves, after having consulted informed members of our entire Church Family of God in Burkina Faso, have decided that Catholic Liturgical celebrations opened to the public, especially Sunday, precept and daily Masses, will resume as from May 20-21, 2020, that is to say, from the Vigil of the Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ,” members of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina Faso and Niger (CEBN) stated in their collective message dated May 9.
The Bishops added, “The resumption of our public liturgical and para-liturgical celebrations will take place in strict respect of administrative measures and health instructions issued by the competent authorities of our country, including, any particularity or specificity taken into account, the directives we gave you on March 12, 2020.”
Burkina Faso’s President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré issued a decree Monday, May 4 easing restrictions that had been put in place when the first cases of COVID-19 in the country was recorded in March, local media reported.
The decree authorizes the reopening of markets, places of worship and the resumption of public transport in all cities in the west African nation.