Ouagadougou (Agenzia Fides) - About 40 priests from French-speaking West African countries are participating in the regular session of the Pro Vita Movement, from 3 to 5 July 2019, in Ouagadougou. The works were preceded by a Mass celebrated on 3 July by the Archbishop of Ouagadougou, Cardinal Philippe Ouedraogo.
Mr Joseph Weaney, international coordinator of the Movement, said: "We have had meetings of this kind for 16 years, and this year we decided to hold the session in Ouagadougou. The choice of Burkina Faso is not accidental, he says, because life can being threatened in different ways and terrorism is one of these. The session will discuss pastoral issues, how to defend life together with priests, religious and seminarians".
We recall that terrorist groups threaten peaceful coexistence among the different communities of Burkina Faso, attacking the Catholic Church in particular (see Fides, 2/7/2019)
Among the various training courses provided, that of Fr. Paul Ouedraogo, academic director of the Catholic University of West Africa (UCAO) deals with philosophical issues. "There are perverse ideologies, philosophical theories related to relativism that make us believe in many negative things related to life", explained Fr. Ouedraogo, emphasizing that these theories are mostly widespread in Europe and America. Fr. Ouedraogo intends to give participants scientific and philosophical arguments which are necessary to counter them. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 4/7/2019)