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Philippe Ouédraogo (cardinal)

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Philippe Nakellentuba Ouédraogo
Archbishop emeritus of Ouagadougou
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed13 May 2009
Term ended16 October 2023
PredecessorJean-Marie Untaani Compaoré
Other post(s)Cardinal-Priest of Consolatrice al Tiburtino (2014–)
Ordination14 July 1973
Consecration23 November 1996
by Jean-Marie Untaani Compaoré
Created cardinal22 February 2014
by Pope Francis
Personal details
Philippe Ouédraogo

(1945-12-31) 31 December 1945 (age 78)
Previous post(s)
  • Bishop of Ouahigouya (1996–2009)
  • President of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina Faso and Niger (2001-2007)
MottoIn vinculo Caritatis, annuntiemus Iesum Christum
(With bands of love, proclaim Jesus Christ)
Coat of armsPhilippe Nakellentuba Ouédraogo's coat of arms
Ordination history of
Philippe Ouédraogo
Priestly ordination
Date14 July 1973
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorJean Marie Untaani Compaore
Co-consecratorsLeon-Raymond Soulier
Constantin Guirma
Date13 November 1996
Elevated byPope Francis
Date22 February 2014
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Philippe Ouédraogo as principal consecrator
Joachim Ouédraogo19 March 2005
Justin Kientaga29 May 2010
Médard Léopold Ouédraogo11 August 2012
Styles of
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Philippe Nakellentuba Ouédraogo[pronunciation?] (born 31 December 1945) is a Burkinabè retired prelate of the Catholic Church who served as Archbishop of Ouagadougou from 2009 to 2023. He has been a cardinal since 2014. He was previously Bishop of Ouahigouya from 1996 to 2009.



He was born on 31 December 1945[1] in Konéan in Kaya Department.[2] He studied at the Petit Séminaire de Pabré in Ouagadougou from 1959 to 1967 and then at the Grand Séminaire Régional de Koumi in Bobo-Dioulasso from 1967 to 1973.[1]

He was ordained a priest of the diocese of Kaya on 4 July 1973.[2] After serving for five years as vicar of the cathedral parish, he studied at the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome from 1979 to 1983, earning a doctorate in canon law.[3][4] He returned to Kaya and from 1983 to 1996 he performed parish work while serving at the same time as vicar general of the Kaya Diocese and director of its seminary.[3][4]

He was appointed bishop of Ouahigouya on 5 July 1996 and consecrated on 23 November 1996 by Jean-Marie Untaani Compaoré, Archbishop of Ouagadougou.[2]

Pope Benedict XVI named him archbishop of Ouagadougou on 13 May 2009.[5]

He was president of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina Faso and Niger from 2001 to 2007.[3]

Pope Francis made him a cardinal on 22 February 2014 and assigned to him the titular church of Santa Maria Consolatrice al Tiburtino.[6] He was the second cardinal from Burkina Faso, following Paul Zoungrana (1917–2000).[2]

He was named a member of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the Pontifical Council for Inter Religious Dialogue on 22 May 2014[7] and of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on 28 October 2016.[8]

He received a papal appointment to participate in the Synod on the Family in October 2014[9] and October 2015.[10]

In July 2019 he was elected president of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).[11]

Ouedraogo was diagnosed with COVID-19 on 30 March 2020, but has recovered from the virus since.[12]

Pope Francis accepted his resignation as archbishop on 16 October 2023.[13]

See also



  1. ^ a b "Ouédraogo Card. Philippe Nakellentuba". Holy See Press Office. Archived from the original on 4 September 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2024.
  2. ^ a b c d Kalmogho, Lorraine (12 January 2014). "Église du Burkina: Mgr Philippe Ouédraogo est devenu Cardinal" (in French). Burkina24. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Meet the Cardinals: Philippe Ouedraogo - Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso". Salt + Light Media. 18 February 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2023.
  4. ^ a b Luxmoore, Jonathan (17 January 2014). "Burkina Faso archbishop says appointment as cardinal was act of grace". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved 17 October 2023.
  5. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 13.05.2009" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 17 October 2023.
  6. ^ "Assegnazione dei Titoli e delle Diaconie ai nuovi Cardinali" [Assignment of Titles and Deaconries to the new Cardinals]. The Holy See (in Italian). Ufficio delle Celebrazioni Liturgiche del Sommo Pontefice. 22 February 2014. Archived from the original on 3 July 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2023.
  7. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 22.05.2014" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2023.
  8. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 28.10.2016" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 28 October 2016. Retrieved 17 October 2023.
  9. ^ "III Assemblea Generale Straordinaria del Sinodo dei Vescovi (5-19 ottobre 2014): Elenco dei Partecipanti, 09.09.2014" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 9 September 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2023.
  10. ^ "XIV Assemblea Generale Ordinaria del Sinodo dei Vescovi (4-25 ottobre 2015) - Elenco dei Partecipanti, 15.09.2015" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 15 September 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2023.
  11. ^ "Cardinal Ouédraogo elected president of African bishops' conference". ACI Africa. 17 August 2019. Retrieved 17 October 2023.
  12. ^ "African cardinal tests positive for coronavirus as pandemic spreads across the continent". Catholic World Report. CNA Daily News. 31 March 2020. Retrieved 17 October 2023.
  13. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 16.10.2023" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 16 October 2023. Retrieved 17 October 2023.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Bishop of Ouahigouya
Succeeded by
Preceded by Archbishop of Ouagadougou
Succeeded by
Preceded by Cardinal Priest of Santa Maria Consolatrice al Tiburtino