Catholic Church in Burkina Faso

Holy Mass in Burkina Faso. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need

Christians in Burkina Faso Going Back to Church amid Persecution: Catholic Priest

Sep 2, 2023

Christians in Burkina Faso who had abandoned the Church are coming back much stronger, a Catholic Priest serving in the West African nation that is experiencing a high level of persecution has said.

Bishop Laurent Birfuoré Dabiré of the Catholic Diocese of Dori in Burkina Faso. Credit: ACN

Bishop in Burkina Faso in Solidarity with Catholics Skipping Mass for Fear of Attacks

Jul 22, 2023

Many people no longer attend Holy Mass in Burkina Faso for fear of jihadist attacks, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Dori has said, and expressed his closeness with those who fear for their lives.

Fr. Valéry Sakougri addressing young people in Burkina Faso. Credit: Courtesy Photo

World Youth Day, “an act of faith” for Youth in Burkina Faso: National Chaplain

Jun 27, 2023

The planned World Youth Day (WYD) 2023 to be realized in Lisbon, Portugal, in August is “an act of faith” that provides young people in Burkina Faso an opportunity to “deepen their faith”, the National Youth Chaplain of the  Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Burkina Faso and Niger (CEBN) has said.

Young people to respresent Burkina Faso during the 2023 World Youth Day (WYD) in person in Lisbon, Portugal. Credit: Fr. Valéry Sakougri

Youth Attending 2023 World Youth Day from Burkina Faso Urged to Return Fearless

Jun 26, 2023

Burkina Faso needs fearless Christians, those who are ready to bear witness to their faith without fear of intimidation, young Burkinabe who are to participate in the 2023 World Youth Day (WYD) in person in Lisbon, Portugal, have been told.

Bishop Wenceslas Compaoré, the first Catholic Bishop of Manga Diocese in Burkina Faso who passed on in Ouagadougou after an illness on 18 June 2023. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Pioneer Catholic Bishop of Manga Diocese in Burkina Faso Dies at 88

Jun 19, 2023

Bishop Wenceslas Compaoré, the first Catholic Bishop of Manga Diocese in Burkina Faso, has passed on in Ouagadougou after an illness. He was aged 88.

Bishop Laurent Birfuoré Dabiré and other Catholic Bishops in Burkina Faso during during Holy Mass to mark the end of a national day of fasting and prayer for peace and social cohesion. Credit: Fr. Paul Dah

“May God touch their hearts”, Bishop in Burkina Faso Prays for Conversion of Terrorists

May 23, 2023

The Catholic Bishop of Dori Diocese in Burkina Faso has offered prayer for the conversion of terrorists, who he says have taken up arms against their people.

Credit: ACN

Catholic Priests in Burkina Faso in Constant Alertness to Death amid Jihadists Threat

Apr 25, 2023

A Catholic Priest has shared the unending fear of Christians in Burkina Faso, noting that Catholics risk attending Holy Mass and that Priests have to constantly receive sacraments before stepping out for pastoral work, just in case they are killed on the way.

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

Catholic Bishops in Burkina Faso Decry Daily “misfortune, distress” in Easter Message

Apr 8, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Burkina Faso have expressed concern about persistent terrorist attacks that have made “misfortune and distress” a daily experience of the people of God in the West African nation.

Late Moses Sense Simukonde. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Authorities in Burkina Faso Apologize after Shooting Zambian Catholic Missionary

Apr 3, 2023

Police in Burkina Faso have sent an apology to the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) after a shooting incident that claimed a member of the Society of Apostolic Life. 

Credit: Agenzia Fides

Catechists in Niger, Burkina Faso Braving Heightened Insecurity to Make Jesus Christ Known

Mar 23, 2023

Catechists serving in areas located on the border between Niger and Burkina Faso have shared the joy of making Jesus Christ known and “living the beatitudes” amid heightened insecurity in the region.

Credit: ACN

Catholic Bishop Decries “terrible” Terrorism Consequences on Church Work in Burkina Faso

Jan 14, 2023

Terrorism in Burkina Faso has taken a heavy toll on the ministry of the local Church in the West African nation, a Catholic Bishop has lamented in a report.

Credit: Archdiocese of Ouagadougou

Late Pontiff “impacted Church through spiritual commitment”: Nuncio in Burkina Faso

Jan 5, 2023

The late Pope emeritus Benedict XVI who was laid to rest Thursday, January 5 in Rome, impacted the Catholic Church through his “intellectual, spiritual and pastoral commitment”, the Apostolic Nuncio in Burkina Faso has said.

Fr. Jacques Yaro Zerbo, a Malian-born Catholic Priest murdered in Burkina Faso’s Dédougou Diocese on 2 January 2023. Credit: Dédougou Diocese/Facebook

Malian-born Catholic Priest Murdered in Burkina Faso, Bishop Confirms with “deep sorrow”

Jan 4, 2023

Fr. Jacques Yaro Zerbo, a Malian-born Catholic Priest who has been serving in Burkina Faso’s Dédougou Diocese, has been murdered, the Local Ordinary of the Burkinabe Diocese has confirmed in a statement.

Philippe Cardinal Ouédraogo, delivering his Christmas 2022 and New Year 2023 Message. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Let us keep our weapons silent in favor of dialogue”: Cardinal in Burkina Faso

Dec 25, 2022

The Cardinal in Burkina Faso has called upon the people of God in the West African nation to put aside weapons of violent conflict and give dialogue a chance.

Captain Ibrahim Traoré, Burkina Faso's new military leader. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Normalcy “gradually returning to Burkina Faso” Following Second Coup: Catholic Priest

Oct 4, 2022

Normalcy is gradually returning to Burkina Faso days after the country’s military leader, Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, was ousted in a military coup, a Catholic Priest in the West African nation has told ACI Africa.

Sr. Suellen Tennyson, a member of the Congregation of the Marianites of Holy Cross freed from captivity in Burkina Faso’s Kaya Diocese. Credit: Kaya Diocese

Burkinabe Diocese in “great joy, gratitude to God” after American Nun Gains Freedom

Aug 31, 2022

The leadership of the Catholic Diocese of Kaya in Burkina Faso has expressed “great joy and gratitude to God” following the release of an American Catholic Nun.

Credit: ACN

Catholic Priest Says Islamists Forcing Everyone to Worship in Mosques in Burkina Faso

Aug 31, 2022

Islamists in Burkina Faso are forcing Christians to follow Sharia law and to attend prayers in Mosques, a Catholic Priest in the West African country has told the Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International.

“Break down walls of hatred, violence ... build bridges of love”: Cardinal in Burkina Faso

Aug 16, 2022

The Cardinal in Burkina Faso has called upon the people of God in the West African nation to “break down the walls of hatred, violence” and build bridges of love.

Shelter for displaced families in the diocese of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Credit: ACN

Islamists in Burkina Faso Invading Churches, Forcing Catholics to Sit Separately

Aug 7, 2022

Very little Christianity is allowed in several villages in Burkina Faso, and where Catholics can attend Holy Mass, Islamist militants invade churches to ensure that men and women sit on separate benches.

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

Archdiocese in Burkina Faso Soliciting Funds to Repay Bank Loan after Cathedral Renovation

Jul 31, 2022

The Archdiocese of Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina Faso is soliciting funds internally and externally to repay a 10-year bank loan that the Archdiocese got to renovate Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral.