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Sister Suellen Tennyson, a member of the Congregation of the Marianites of Holy Cross, who was abducted in Burkina Faso April 4, 2022. Diocese of Kaya.

American Nun Abducted in Burkina Faso Moved to Start Missionary Facility after 2011 Visit

Apr 7, 2022

The American religious sister kidnapped in West Africa this week is a former international leader of her congregation, who was moved to start a missionary outpost in Burkina Faso after a 2011 visit to the country.

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

Bishops in Burkina Faso “take note of recent changes”, Invite Coup Leaders to Serve People

Jan 28, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Burkina Faso have, in a collective statement, expressed their awareness of the country’s recent political changes and called upon those who spearheaded the reported coup d’etat to be at the service of the people.

Flag of Burkina Faso. Credit: Jiri Flogel / Shutterstock.

“Pray for our dear country”, Catholic Priest in Burkina Faso Appeals amid Confirmed Coup

Jan 24, 2022

A Catholic Priest in Burkina Faso has appealed for prayers for the West African nation amid reports of a confirmed coup d’etat.

Christmas in Ouagadougou. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Christian Refugees in Burkina Faso Nostalgic about Christmas before Terrorist Attacks

Dec 18, 2021

Displaced Christians in Burkina Faso are remembering with nostalgia how joyfully they celebrated Christmas before militants uprooted them from their homes, forcing them to seek refuge elsewhere.

Phillippe Cardinal Ouédraogo of Burkina Faso's Ouagadougou Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy photo

Catholic Bishops in Eastern Africa Congratulate SECAM President on Episcopal Anniversary

Nov 26, 2021

The leadership of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) has congratulated the President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) as he marks 25 years since he was ordained a Bishop.

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

Bishops in Burkina Faso Condemn Attack on Military, Call for “true, constructive dialogue”

Nov 22, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Burkina Faso have, in collective statement, condemned the recent attack on the Inata military police camp.

Map showing Burkina Faso and her neighbours. Credit: Public Domain

Security Situation in Burkina Faso “getting worse every day”: Catholic Priest

Nov 17, 2021

The security situation in the West African country of Burkina Faso is “getting worse by every day,” a Catholic Priest ministering in Burkina Faso’s Fada N’Gourma Diocese has told ACI Africa.

Bishop Laurent Birfuoré Dabiré of Burkina Faso's Dori Diocese. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Catholic Charity Raises Alarm Over Resurgent Christian Persecution in Burkina Faso

Nov 13, 2021

Christians who fled their homes in Burkina Faso have recounted how they lived in fear each day when they learnt that their lives were in danger owing to their religion.

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

Catholic Bishops in Burkina Faso Seek to Clarify Controversy Over Contraceptives

Nov 7, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Burkina Faso have, in an open letter, sought to clarify the controversy surrounding contraceptives following the health Minister’s claim that in discouraging the use of artificial birth control methods, Church leaders “undermine the efforts of the government.” 

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Catholic Foundation Features Mozambique, Burkina Faso in Campaign against Persecution

Nov 1, 2021

Violation of Christian freedom is on the rise in nearly a half of Africa, Catholic charity and pontifical foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) United States, has said while announcing an international campaign to create awareness on religious persecution.

Some participants attending the refresher course organized by UCAP Burkina Faso for Catholic Journalists in West Africa. Credit: UCAP Burkina Faso

Catholic Journalists in West Africa Cautioned against Promoting Terrorism in News Reports

Sep 13, 2021

Catholic Journalists in West Africa have been cautioned against a journalism practice that seems to promote activities of terrorism in the Sahel region.

Burkina Faso Sr. Anne Marie Kaboré SIC (Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of Ouagadougou) during Covid-19, giving an interview and taking part in a programme for children from the catechesis for 14 Radios. Credit: ACN

Poor Internet Connection during COVID-19 Stalls Catholic Charity’s Initiatives in Africa

Sep 12, 2021

As the Catholic charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, switched to blended communication, including online engagements with its partners following the COVID-19 outbreak, many of the foundation’s collaborators in Africa lagged behind in communication with the aid agency.

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

Catholic Church Condoles with Victims of Terrorist Attack in Northern Burkina Faso

Aug 23, 2021

Following the August 18 attack on a civilian convoy in Burkina Faso that left 47 people dead and several others injured, Catholic Bishops in the West African nation have expressed their closeness with the victims of the attack and their respective families, praying for lasting peace in the country.

Philippe Cardinal Ouédraogo of Burkina Faso's Ouagadougou Archdiocese addressing pilgrims during the 26th Archdiocesan pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Yagma.

Cardinal in Burkina Faso Cautions against “false policies” on Procreation, Family Life

Aug 17, 2021

The Cardinal in Burkina Faso has cautioned against “false policies” on procreation and family life in Africa, including attempts to link “our poverty … to our numbers.”

A poster announcing the July 28 webinar organized by by the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA). Credit: AMECEA

African Laity Encouraged to “be in touch with” Clergy, Religious amid COVID-19 Challenges

Jul 29, 2021

The need for the Laity in Africa to connect with members of the Clergy and women and men Religious at a time when people across the globe are struggling with COVID-19 challenges has been emphasized at a virtual conference organized by the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA).

Francis Cardinal Arinze during the Holy Mass at the Vatican to pray for peace in Burkina Faso. Credit: Vatican Media

At Vatican’s Holy Mass for Peace in Burkina Faso, Nigerian Cardinal Reflects on Terrorism

Jun 22, 2021

At the Eucharistic celebration organized at the Vatican to pray for peace in Burkina Faso, Francis Cardinal Arinze reflected on terrorism in Africa, delinking the menace from religion.

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

Security Forces in Burkina Faso, Niger Urged to Work Toward Restoring Previous Optimism

Jun 18, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Burkina Faso and Niger are urging security forces operating in the region to work toward restoring the optimism that had characterized the West African nation of Burkina Faso before the Solhan village massacre.

Among the victims in the aftermath of the bloodiest terrorist attack since Islamist violence began are also Christians/ Credit:  Aid to The Church in Need (ACN)

Attacks on Villages Becoming Unpredictable, Burkinabe Bishop on Insecurity

Jun 16, 2021

A Catholic Bishop in Burkina Faso has said attacks on villages have multiplied and become increasingly unpredictable. 

The Apostolic Nuncio in Burkina and Niger unveils the placard bearing Pope Benedict XVI Street in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou/ Credit: Fr. Paul Dah

Naming of Street after Pope Benedict XVI “brings hope to Burkina Faso, Africa”: Cardinal

Jun 14, 2021

The naming of the Ouagadougou where the Apostolic Nunciature in Burkina Faso is located after Pope emeritus Benedict XVI “brings hope” to the West African nation as well as the African continent, the Cardinal in the country has said.

Fr. Norbert-Éric Abekan/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Ivorian Priest Calls for Collaboration in Tackling Terrorism after Burkina Faso Killings

Jun 13, 2021

A Catholic Priest in Ivory Coast is advocating for collaborative strategies in the fight against terrorism following last weekend’s attack on Solham village in Burkina Faso during which at least 160 people lost their lives.