Agenzia Fides – Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
The parish priest, Fr. Rufin Somé discovered the desecration on Sunday, 16 September. All the statues in the Church were decapitated and profanities scribbled on a chalkboard.
Investigations are underway to identify the perpetrators of the desecration. Bishop Der Raphaël Kusiélé Dabiré of the Diocese of Diébougou ordered the closure of the Church and, this week, led the faithful in a Holy Mass and various acts of reparation and purification.
The Church dedicated to Saint Therese of the Child Jesus is a popular place of worship in this area of Burkina Faso. It is a favourite not only among the Burkinabe but also with pilgrims of neighbouring Ivory Coast, Ghana and Togo.