Roman Catholicism in Burkina Faso

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The Roman Catholic Church in Burkina Faso is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope in Rome. According to the most recent census (2006) 19 percent of the population are members of the Roman Catholic Church.[1]

History[edit]

The first Catholics to enter what is today Burkina Faso arrived with the French colonialists in 1896.[2] In 1900 and 1901 Catholic missions were established at Koupéla and Ouagadougou, respectively and Joanny Thévenoud, a missionary helped to firmly establish Catholicism in the country over the following five decades.[3] Abbé Yougbaré was consecrated as the Bishop of Koupéla on 29 February 1956 and became the first African Catholic bishop.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ International Religious Freedom Report 2009: Burkina Faso. United States Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (October 26, 2009). This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ Historical Dictionary of Burkina Faso, by Lawrence Rupley, Lamissa Bangali, Boureima Diamitani, 2013, Third edition, Scarecrow Press, Inc. ISBN 978-0-8108-6770-3
  3. ^ Historical Dictionary of Burkina Faso, by Lawrence Rupley, Lamissa Bangali, Boureima Diamitani, 2013, Third edition, Scarecrow Press, Inc. ISBN 978-0-8108-6770-3
  4. ^ Historical Dictionary of Burkina Faso, by Lawrence Rupley, Lamissa Bangali, Boureima Diamitani, 2013, Third edition, Scarecrow Press, Inc. ISBN 978-0-8108-6770-3

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