Cotonou, 12 June, 2020 / 10:30 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Church leaders in the West African nation of Benin have, following their two-day meeting this week, expressed gratitude to God for the current status of COVID-19 infections in their country, praying that an effective cure is found to save lives across the globe.
The members of the Episcopal Conference of Benin (CEB) who concluded their two-day meeting Thursday, June 11 thanked God for preserving “our country from a deadly explosion of the disease.”
In a collective statement issued at the end of their third ordinary plenary session for the pastoral year 2019-2020, the Bishops invite “all believers in general and the Catholic faithful, in particular, to continue to pray to God urgently to help humanity overcome this scourge as soon as possible by finding effective remedies.”
In the West African nation, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of four people. From the 305 confirmed cases of the virus, 188 have recovered.
“We encourage the search for endogenous remedies to treat the disease,” the Bishops say in their message signed by CEB President, Bishop Victor Agbanou and added, “We must not deprive ourselves of the contribution of the genius of our people in the search for solutions to a worldwide scourge.”