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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.

Phillip Cardinal Ouédraogo, President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), who has just recovered from COVID-19.

After Recovery from COVID-19, African Cardinal Observing “a period of rest”

Apr 19, 2020

The President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), Phillip Cardinal Ouédraogo, who has recovered from COVID-19 after days of care at a hospital in his country, Burkina Faso, is observing “a period of rest” outside his official residence.

Phillip Cardinal Ouédraogo, President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), currently being treated for COVID-19.

African Cardinal Hospitalized for COVID-19 Calls for “solidarity” in Tackling Pandemic

Apr 8, 2020

The Archbishop of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, Phillip Cardinal Ouédraogo who was hospitalized at the end of last month for COVID-19 has, in his message on the occasion of Palm Sunday celebrated April 5, called for solidarity in the care for patients diagnosed with the virus that has claimed at least 82,000 lives globally.

Phillip Cardinal Ouedraogo, President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), Archbishop of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. He tested positive for COVID-19 March 30, 2020.

SECAM President First African Cardinal known to Test Positive for COVID-19

Apr 1, 2020

The President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), Phillip Cardinal Ouédraogo, has tested positive for COVID-19. The Burkinabe Prelate is the first African Cardinal known to have the virus that has infected at least 591,246 across the globe.  

Msgr. Séraphin François Rouamba, Archbishop emeritus of Burkina Faso’s Koupela Archdiocese,  the first African Catholic Prelate known to test positive for COVID-19.

Burkinabé Archbishop First African Catholic Prelate Known to Test Positive for COVID-19

Mar 27, 2020

The Archbishop emeritus of Burkina Faso’s Koupela Archdiocese, Séraphin François Rouamba has tested positive for COVID-19, the Episcopal Conference of Burkina Faso and Niger (CEBN) has confirmed in a March 25 statement.

Bishop Laurent Birfuoré Dabiré (Centre), President of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina Faso and Niger (CEBN), during the presentation of the statement of the Bishops.

Funerals, a Family Affair, Burkina Faso Bishops Say as Country Records COVID-19 Death

Mar 20, 2020

Catholic Bishops in Burkina Faso and Niger have, in a collective statement, announced the suspension of public Mass in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19 after the West African nation of Burkina Faso recorded the first death due to the pandemic.

Poster of the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union that took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: February 9-10, 2020 under the theme, “Silencing arms to create conditions conducive to the development of Africa.” / African Union

“Forgive us, grant that the guns be silent, a sweet song may rise”: SECAM President to AU

Feb 11, 2020

At the two-day Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) that concluded Monday, February 10, the President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), Philippe Cardinal Nakellentuba Ouédraogo highlighted some of the challenges bedeviling the people of God on the continent and, in his prayer, implored God for forgiveness and the renewal of hope.

Francophone Africa Conference, part of a series of continental conferences by the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) that have been organized for the celebration of last October’s Extraordinary Missionary Month / Fr. Donald Zagore

Francophone Africa Conference Recommends Training, Small Christian Communities Initiatives

Feb 3, 2020

The need to develop initiatives that advance knowledge about dialogue among members of different religions and the new way of being Church in Africa through Small Christian Communities (SCCs) were among recommendations during the French-speaking Africa conference that brought together dozens of participants from 16 countries who deliberated on the contemporary evangelization ministry on the continent.

Bishop Alexandre Yikyi Bazié (right), Ambassador Ingo Herbert (Center) and  Adegbola Fasutin Adeye (left) cutting the inauguration ribbon of the new headquarters of CJP-Burkina in Ouagadougou on Tuesday December 3, 2019 / CJP-Burkina

Newly Headquartered Episcopal Commission “to be voice of voiceless” in Burkina Faso

Dec 6, 2019

The Commission for Justice and Peace (CJP) under the Episcopal Conference of Burkina Faso and Niger has taken the firm commitment of defending the rights of the poor and oppressed by promoting unity and solidarity amongst the population against the backdrop of increased cases of terrorist attacks targeting Christians including those gathered for worship.

Group Photo of Archbishops and Bishops at the Opening Ceremony of the 4th Pan-African Congress on Divine Mercy in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, November, 19 2019 / ACI Africa

Pan-African Congress on Divine Mercy Underway in Burkina Faso, Leaders Outline Value

Nov 20, 2019

Some 900 delegates from across the African continent are gathering in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, for the Africa and Madagascar Congress on Divine Mercy, the fourth such spiritual meeting to be organized in Africa, with various African Church leaders including the Papal delegate setting the tone and outlining the value and significance of the weeklong spiritual exercise Tuesday, November 19.

Bishop Martin Igwe Uzoukwu of Minna, Nigeria, Africa Coordinator Divine Mercy while in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso for the 4th Pan-African Congress on Divine Mercy: November 19, 2019 / ACI Africa

Peace in Africa at the Heart of Ongoing Continental Divine Mercy Congress: Official Says

Nov 19, 2019

An African Church leader charged with the responsibility of coordinating devotion to the Divine Mercy in Africa has identified the prayerful search for peace on the continent as the agenda driving the weeklong fourth Congress on Divine Mercy officially launched in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou under the theme, “Divine Mercy a grace for our time.”

Philippe Cardinal Ouédraogo (Center) alongside members of the Organizing Committee at a Press Briefing in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on October 17, 2019

Plans Underway for Continental Congress on Divine Mercy in Burkina Faso

Oct 23, 2019

After Nigeria in 2008 and 2013 and Rwanda in 2016, Burkina Faso is set to host the fourth Africa and Madagascar Congress on Divine Mercy, a weeklong continental event that will kick off on November 18 under the theme, “Divine mercy, a grace for our time."