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08/23/2022 Burkina Faso (International Christian Concern) – Burkina Faso, a west African nation, has been struggling with a rise in jihadist activity over the last five years. Bloody attacks by Islamist extremists over the summer have left the country discouraged and torn along ethnoreligious lines.  

On August 15, Cardinal Philippe Ouedraogo of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital, addressed around 20,000 Christians during their annual archdiocesan pilgrimage to the Shrine of our Lady of Yagma. Mindful of the stark divides in his country, the cardinal called on the people present to be vessels of peace and to “break down the walls of hatred, hostility, misunderstanding, extremism, violence…and to build bridges of understanding, mutual respect, tolerance, brotherhood, and love.”  

The cardinal also raised awareness of the thousands of internally displaced people within Burkina Faso who have had to flee their homes due to violence and now live in refugee camps around the country. He said, “all that we are and all that we have are gifts from God, and we must share with our brothers and sisters in need.”  

Please pray for peace in Burkina Faso.  

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