Burkina Faso Priest Who Went Missing is Found Dead in Jihadist Hotspot

Father Rodrigue Sanon

In a sign of the deteriorating security situation in Burkina Faso’s southwestern region, Father Rodrigue Sanon’s body was discovered on Thursday.  Announcing Father Rodrigue’s death, the Bishop of the Diocese of Banfora issued a statement expressing his profound sorrow at the death.

“It is with deep sorrow that I bring to everyone’s attention that the lifeless body of Fr. Rodrigue Sanon was found on 21 January 2021 in the protected forest of Toumousseni, about twenty kilometres from Banfora,” Bishop Lucas Kalfa Sanou said.

The Bishop has since invited the Catholic faithful to pray for the repose of Fr. Rodrigue’s soul. He also encouraged the faithful to stay the course and remain confident in the merciful love of God.

Details regarding the disappearance of the parish priest of Notre Dame de Soubaganyedougou, his death and assailants remained unclear Thursday evening.

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SOURCE: Vatican News, Paul Samasumo

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