OUAGADOUGOU, APRIL 10, 2020 (CISA) – “I would like, from the bottom of my heart as a pastor, to launch a great cry for a profound impulse of solidarity at the local, regional and international level for those sick with Covid-19,” Philippe Cardinal Ouedraogo the archbishop of Ouagadougou has appealed.
In a message titled, “Message from a Cardinal sick from Coronavirus,” published on 5 April, on Palm Sunday the archbishop Ouedraogo who is currently hospitalized for Covid-19 called for closeness with people suffering from coronavirus.
The archbishop who is also the president of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) expressed his gratitude to those who had reached out to him in solidarity after his hospitalization indicating that he is receiving good health care.
He noted that Covid-19 has, “multifaceted health, socio-economic, cultural and spiritual consequences for all,” calling for collaboration in the fight against coronavirus.
“Let us unite to drive this dreadful scourge with its unfortunate consequences out of our country and out of the world,” said the Cardinal adding that he will be offering this time to pray for anyone who is ill with Covid-19 or affected by other illnesses, for an end to all killings of innocent people by forces of evil, and for reconciliation, justice and peace in Burkina Faso.
The Cardinal noted that this time of Lent marked with the Covid-19 pandemic becomes a time of humility, total trust and abandonment to God.
“With Him we will attain victory! Since He died and rose again and is alive, Alleluia! Let us remain constant in humble and fervent prayer!”