Ouagadougou (Agenzia Fides) - "Your Congress is a divine mercy for our time", said Siméon Sawadogo, Minister of Territorial Administration, Decentralization and Social Cohesion of Burkina Faso, who represents the Head of State at the 4th Congress of Africa and Madagascar on Divine Mercy held in Ouagadougou (see Fides 20/11/2019). The words of the Minister reflect the serious situation in which Burkina Faso lives, due to the action of jihadist groups that devastate large parts of the Country. Yesterday, the authorities announced the death of at least 18 jihadists, killed in the assault on a police post in the north of the Country.
The presence of 900 delegates at the Congress of Divine Mercy is felt as a testimony of the closeness of the universal Church to Burkina Faso. Delegates come from Burkina Faso, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo-Brazzaville, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Kenya, Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Togo, Belgium, Italy, Vatican and Poland.
Pope Francis appointed His Eminence Cardinal Dieudonné Nzapalainga, Archbishop of Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, as his representative at the Congress. "Divine mercy refers to love, to peace", said the Cardinal, adding however that "we are prisoners of evil and the Word of God says that where sin abounds, grace abounds. This is why we say that the last word does not belong to evil, to death or to violence. The last word belongs to love, to life, to reconciliation and to forgiveness". (LM) (Agenzia Fides, 21/11/2019)