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Latest stories: Burkina Faso

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Philippe Cardinal Ouédraogo of Burkina Faso's Ouagadougou Archdiocese. Credit: Fr. Paul Dah /

Burkina Faso’s Cardinal Renews Call for Prayers Following Deadly Saturday Attack

The Cardinal in Burkina Faso has launched a renewed call for prayers in solidarity with victims of what has been described as one of the deadliest attacks in the West African country in recent years.

Homes and the local market burnt during the overnight raid on Solhan village in the Yagha Province of Burkina Faso. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Catholics in Burkina Faso Offering Prayers for Victims of Solhan Village Attack

Catholics in Burkina Faso have been invited to offer special prayers for the victims of the attack on Solham village in the Northern part of the country that left at least 160 people dead.

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

Catholic Bishops in Burkina Faso, Niger Call for Safeguarding of Human Life amid Threats

Bishops in Burkina Faso and Niger have, in their latest Pastoral Letter circulated Tuesday, May 25, called on the people of God in the two neighboring West African nations to commit themselves to safeguarding human life.

Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral of Burkina Faso’s Bobo-Dioulasso Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Renovation of Burkina Faso’s 2nd Oldest Cathedral “pride of Catholic community”: Cardinal

The just completed renovation of Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral of Burkina Faso’s Bobo-Dioulasso Archdiocese is a source of “pride” for the Catholic community in the West African nation, the Cardinal who presided over the inauguration of the renovated Cathedral has said.

Map showing Kodyel village where terrorists killed at 30 civilians in an attack on May 3. Credit: Public Domain /

Catholics in a Burkinabe Village “on the alert” Following Monday Terrorist Attack: Priest

Catholics living in Kodyel village in Burkina Faso’s Fada N’Gourma Diocese are “on the alert” following the Monday, May 3 terrorist attack that left at least 30 people dead and several others injured, a Priest in the Burkinabe Diocese has told ACI Africa.

Several Caritas bodies in Africa are among signatories of an open letter to world leaders urging them to address hunger. Credit: Caritas Internationalis /

Catholic Entities in Africa Join Global Calls to Address Hunger Facing Millions Globally

Catholic entities in Africa are among 264 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society bodies that are calling on government leaders around the world to address hunger facing an estimated 270 million people globally.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina Faso and Niger (CEBN) during the April 14 -16 National Forum on Land Governance and Social Cohesion. /

Revise, Translate Land Laws to Local Languages: Catholic Bishops in Burkina Faso

Catholic Bishops in Burkina Faso have called on the government of the West African nation to revise and translate the country’s land laws into native languages and local dialects.

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.