Help a Catholic Radio Station in Burkina Faso
For over 50 years now, ACN has supported media-based evangelization, primarily through radio. Father Werenfried van Straaten, ACN’s founder, understood early on how the modern media could help in remote and far-flung regions, where distances were too great and priests were too few. Radio programs can help bring the Church to the faithful in those places where the faithful cannot get to church. Burkina Faso is one such place.
Diocesan radio stations in Burkina Faso have been established for 10 years, and 12 of the country’s 15 dioceses now have their own radio transmitters. The bishops’ conference has recently decided to merge these different stations: the country faces many problems, and the bishops have agreed to unite their energies and pool their resources.
Radio is particularly important in northern Burkina Faso, where recent terrorist attacks and killings have resulted in mass chaos: 750,000 people were left homeless, and more than 1,000 schools were forced to close. In crisis areas, radio is a crucial means of reaching the people, keeping them informed, and strengthening their faith. It can also educate young people and promote peace and reconciliation.
The necessity of radio has only been underlined by the COVID-19 pandemic. Local stations have updated listeners on how to best protect themselves from the virus and enabled them to safely participate in prayer and the celebration of the Liturgy.
ACN is putting $11,300 toward the establishment and improvement of the bishops’ merged station. Will you support Catholic radio in Burkina Faso?
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