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Latest stories: Burkina Faso

Fr. Paul Béré / Courtesy Photo

Let Africa “sing” her Success Stories, Burkinabé Cleric on Challenges Facing Continent

The biggest challenge in Africa is the inability to bring out successes on the continent and the bright future that awaits various African countries in the coming years, a Rome-based Catholic Priest, a native of Burkina Faso, has told ACI Africa in an interview.

Bishop Laurent Dabire of Burkina Faso's Dori Diocese / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Amid Insecurity in Burkina Faso, Christians “live their faith, whatever the cost”: Bishop

A Catholic Bishop serving in Burkina Faso has, in an interview, acknowledged the faith, the “perseverance and resilience” of the people of God in the West African nation amid threats of insecurity arising from the Sahel crisis. 

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina-Niger (CEBN) / Fr. Paul Dah/Episcopal Conference of Burkina-Niger (CEBN)

Bishops in Burkina Faso, Niger Express Concerns Over IDPs, Call for Peaceful Coexistence

Bishops in Burkina Faso and Niger have, in a collective statement, raised concerns about the increasing number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) fleeing insecurity in the West African nation and called for peaceful coexistence between refugees and their host communities.

Flag of Burkina Faso / Pulic Domain

Social Exclusion Main Cause of Suffering for Lepers: Cleric in Burkina Faso

On the occasion of the 68th World Leprosy Day marked Sunday, January 31, a Missionary Cleric ministering in Burkina Faso has identified social exclusion as the main challenge facing people affected by leprosy in the West African nation.

Pope Francis presents the Ratzinger prize to Jesuit Fr Paul Bere during a ceremony at the Vatican on November 9, 2019. / Vatican Media

First African to Win Ratzinger Prize Appointed to Vatican’s Pontifical Biblical Commission

Pope Francis has appointed Jesuit Fr. Paul Beré, the first African to win the Ratzinger Prize, as a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, which is an entity within the Roman Curia established to ensure the proper interpretation and defense of Sacred Scripture.

Late Fr. Rodrigue Sanon whose lifeless body was discovered Thursday, January 21 in the protected forest of Toumousseni, about twenty kilometers from Banfora. / Courtesy Photo

Missing Catholic Cleric in Burkina Faso Found Dead, Bishop Asks for Spiritual Solidarity

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.

Fr. Rodrigues Sanon / Courtesy Photo

Priest in Burkina Faso’s Diocese of Banfora Reported Missing, Bishop Asks for Prayers

A Priest serving in Burkina Faso’s Diocese of Banfora located in the Southwestern part of the West African nation is missing, the Local Ordinary of the Diocese has announced.

Uganda Martyrs Catholic Shrine, Namugongo, Kampala during the conclusion of SECAM Golden Jubilee in July 2019. / ACI Africa

SECAM to Unveil “Kampala Document” at Virtual Event in Multiple African Countries

The leadership of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has announced the unveiling of the “Kampala Document” bearing conclusions of the year-long Golden Jubilee of SECAM (July 2018 – July 2019) at a virtual event in four African countries.

Bishop Lucas Kalfa Sanou of Burkina Faso’s Banfora Diocese who was among other citizens of the West African nation conferred with Presidential Awards Thursday, December 10. / Facebook Page Diocese of Banfora.

Burkinabé Bishop Receives Presidential Award, Says Church’s Ministry Recognized

The Bishop of Burkina Faso’s Banfora Diocese who was among other citizens of the West African nation conferred with Presidential Awards Thursday, December 10 has said that the prize is a recognition of the ministry of the Church among the people of God.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina Faso and Niger (CEBN). /

Burkina Faso’s Bishops Outline Four Conditions for Peaceful November Elections

Catholic Bishops in Burkina Faso have outlined four conditions that could guarantee peaceful presidential and parliamentary elections in the West African nation slated to take place on November 22.

Map showing the Sahel region. /

Caritas Internationalis Officials Highlight Five Lines of Action to Address Sahel Crisis

The leadership of the global confederation of Catholic relief agencies, Caritas Internationalis (CI), has outlined five lines of action that could help address the crisis in the Central Sahel region, which comprises the West African nations of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. 

Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli during the interview with the Society of African Missions (SMA) Media Center days after his release from captivity. / Society of African Missions (SMA).

I Remained a Missionary in Chained Feet, Cleric Recalls Harrowing Captivity in West Africa

Even in chains, Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli who was held in captivity for over two years after he was kidnapped by unknown men in the West African nation of Niger remained true to his Christian faith, walking in prayer with all people he had interacted with during his mission in the West Africa.

Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli, a member of the Society of African Missions (SMA) who was recently freed after two years in Niger. / Society of African Missions (SMA).

Recently Freed Religious Missionary Hailed as “man of faith, forgiveness, fraternity”

Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli, a member of Society of African Missions (SMA) who was recently freed after two years of captivity has been hailed as a “man of faith, forgiveness and fraternity.”

Entrance to the Bishop Joanny Thévenoud Museum inaugurated Saturday, October 10 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. / Archdiocese of Ouagadougou/Facebook Page

Burkina Faso’s Newly Inaugurated Museum Sign of “encounter between Church, local cultures”

The museum of Burkina Faso’s Ouagadougou Archdiocese that was officially inaugurated over the weekend has been described as a credible illustration of the encounter between the Church and local cultures.

Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli, freed Thursday, October 8 after spending two years in captivity. / Society of African Missions (SMA).

Joy, Gratitude to God as Religious Missionary in Niger is Freed after Two-year Abduction

News reports of the release of Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli who was abducted just over two years ago in Niger have brought joy and gratitude to members of the Clergy in Africa and beyond who have interpreted the event as an answer to concerted supplications.

Pope Francis’ “Fratelli Tutti” a Call to End Africa’s Ethnic Divisions: Bishops in Africa

The leadership of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) that brings together Catholic Bishops in Africa has welcomed the latest Encyclical of Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti, as a document that provides for an end to ethnic divisions in and outside the Church in Africa.

Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher (right), Vatican's Secretary for Relations with States and Mr. Robert Compaore (left), Ambassador of Burkina Faso to the Holy See during the exchange of the Instruments of Ratification of the Agreement between the Holy See and the State of Burkina Faso on the legal status of the Catholic Church in Burkina Faso. / Holy See Press Office

Holy See, Burkina Faso Agreement to “enable Church, State to collaborate better”: Bishop

A Bishop in Burkina Faso has, in an interview with ACI Africa, welcomed the Framework Agreement between the Holy See and the West African nation, saying the initiative “will enable Church and State to collaborate better.”

New solar water pump for clean water access at the Don Bosco Center in Bobo-Dioulasso Burkina Faso. / Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB)

Salesians Facilitate Water Access in Burkina Faso, Food Relief in Southern Africa

The leadership of Salesian Missions, the U.S.-based development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), has facilitated access to safe drinking water to hundreds of youths in Burkina Faso and food relief to the deprived in three Southern African nations.

Philipp Cardinal Ouedraogo blesses the new ambulance donated by the Archdiocese of Seoul to the St. Paul VI Hospital Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. / Archdiocese of Ouagadougou

Cardinal in Burkina Faso Lauds South Korea’s Seoul Archdiocese for Friendship, Solidarity

The Archbishop of Burkina Faso’s Ouagadougou Archdiocese has expressed his appreciation for the partnership that his Episcopal See has fostered with the Archdiocese of Seoul in South Korea saying the “friendship and solidarity” is having a positive impact on the people of God in the West African country.

Members of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) at SECAM's Golden Jubilee in Uganda in 2019. /

SECAM Leadership Defers Annual Collection amid COVID-19 Challenges

The leadership of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has announced that the usual annual collection of funds to support the symposium activities on the continent will not happen this year due to COVID-19 challenges.