Archbishop John Bonaventure Kwofie assured Burkina Faso Cardinal Philippe Ouedraogo of the continent’s solidarity after the cardinal tested positive for Covid-19.
Cardinal Ouedraogo is president of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar, and Fr Terwase Henry Akaabiam, secretary-general, confirmed the test results.
The cardinal is archbishop of Ouagadougou, and Auxiliary Bishop Medard Leopold Ouedraogo assured Archbishop Kwofie that the cardinal was responding to treatment and was in a stable condition on 31st March.
Archbishop Kwofie told the cardinal Africa’s bishops “join you in the fight against coronavirus that you insisted must be a pastoral priority.”
In a 31st March statement, Archbishop Kwofie, who serves as treasurer of SECAM, said that, during an early March meeting in Nairobi, the cardinal was worried about the pandemic.
Advising Catholics on the African continent, Archbishop Kwofie, said, “We are living in difficult and scary times, especially when we cannot easily identify who is infected with Covid-19.” He said living responsibly meant respecting national restrictions and added “We are not to take anything for granted.”
Picture: Cardinal Philippe Ouedraogo of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, president of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar, is pictured at the Vatican in a 2014 file photo. In late March, Cardinal Ouedraogo tested positive for Covid-19. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).