Banfora, 21 January, 2021 / 11:30 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Priest ministering in Burkina Faso’s Diocese of Banfora who had been reported missing since Tuesday, January 19 has been found dead in a forest, the Local Ordinary of the Diocese has announced.
“It is with deep sorrow that I bring to everyone's attention that the lifeless body of Fr. Rodrigue Sanon was found on January 21, 2021 in the protected forest of Toumousseni, about twenty kilometres from Banfora,” Bishop Lucas Kalfa Sanou says.
In his Thursday, January 21 statement obtained by ACI Africa, Bishop Sanou adds, “While inviting you all to pray intensely for the repose of his soul, let us remain confident in the merciful Love of the Lord.”
Earlier this week, the Burkinabe Bishop announced the disappearance of Fr. Rodrigue, appealing for prayers “to find the missing Priest safe and sound as soon as possible.”
In a statement issued January 19, Bishop Sanou said “Father Rodrigue Sanon had left Soubaganyedougou for Banfora in order to participate in a meeting but he never arrived at his destination,” Bishop Sanou said in a statement circulated January 20.