Bishops in Senegal Concerned about New COVID-19 Variant, Call for Collective Efforts

Bishops in Senegal with President Macky Sall after an audience on 14 January 2021.

Catholic Bishops in Senegal have expressed concerns about the new variant of COVID-19 and called for collective efforts to defeat the pandemic that has reportedly infected at least 95.2 million people across the globe.

In an audience with President Macky Sall Thursday 14 January, the Bishops reaffirmed their commitment to fighting against the coronavirus, whose new variant is “particularly deadly.”

Addressing President Sall on behalf of the Catholic Bishops in Senegal, Archbishop Benjamin Ndiaye of Dakar Archdiocese called for collective efforts from all Senegalese people “to defeat the new COVID-19 variant that threatens our lives, that of our families, the life of our country, the life of the world.”

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“Each one of us is responsible for our brother and sister, in the way we behave,” the Bishops said underscoring the need to adhere to COVID-19 preventive measures.


They added, “We encourage the faithful to take seriously the challenge posed by the pandemic.”

The Bishops thanked the head of state for his approach in handling the COVID-19 pandemic in the West African nation saying, “We want to, first of all, salute the President for the measures he has taken to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. We are all committed to this struggle,” they added.

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Senegal has reported at least 23,224 cases of COVID-19 including 19,414 recoveries and 526 related deaths, according to statistics from Worldometers.

In a separate audience with Senegal’s Minister of Health and Social Action on January 12, the Catholic Bishops expressed concerns about the soaring number of cases of the disease linked to the second wave of COVID-19 infections.

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“If ever there were to be contraindications to any celebration, we would also be ready to invite the faithful once again to make the sacrifice of a life-saving cause,” the Bishops noted in reference to a possible suspension of public worship.

They also called for “better collaboration” between the State and the 75 health structures of the Catholic Church for an effective fight against COVID-19.

Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.