AFRICA/BURKINA FASO - Catholic priest missing: Bishop asks for prayer for his release

Thursday, 21 January 2021 priests   kidnappings  

Ouagadougou (Agenzia Fides) - In Burkina Faso, Fr. Rodrigue Sanon from the Notre Dame de la Paix parish in Soubakanyedougou, in the southwest of the country is missing. The priest disappeared on January 19 while traveling the road from Soubakaniedougou to Banfora, where he was expected by Bishop Lucas Kalfa Sanou of Banfora to meet the priests of the diocese. The priest never reached his destination.
Father Sanon's car was found in Toumousséni, about twenty kilometers from his destination. But there was no trace of the priest himself.
Bishop Sanou asks anyone who knows anything to contact the police of Soubakanyedougou or the diocese and urged the faithful to pray that Fr. Sanon will soon return to his parish safe and sound.
Burkina Faso is experiencing a situation of instability that has also affected priests and religious. Since March 2019 there has been no news of Fr. Joël Yougbaré, parish priest in Djibo in the diocese of Dori, in the north of Burkina Faso, who disappeared on his way back to his parish after having celebrated Sunday mass in Bottogui (see Fides, 20/3/2019). On 12 May of the same year, in an attack on the parish of Dablo, Don Siméon Yampa and five faithful were killed (see Fides, 13/5/2019), while on 13 May an attack against a Marian procession in Singa with the death of four faithful and the destruction of the statue of the Virgin Mary (see Fides, 14/5/2019). In an attack on a checkpoint in Nohao on the border with Ghana, Father Antonio César Fernández Fernández, a Spanish missionary from the Salesians of Don Bosco, was murdered on February 15, 2019 (see Fides, 16/2/2019). (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 21/1/2021)