Missing Priest: Father Joël Yougbare may be the Victim of Kidnapping
A priest has disappeared after Sunday mass celebration in north Burkina Faso. He is the parish priest of Djibo and fidei donum from the diocese of Fada N'Gourma. Rumors are circulating that the kidnapping of the priest is an act of a jjihadist group looking for money.
Please find below the appeal for prayers sent to Aid to the Church in Need by the bishop of the area.
Image: Father Joël Yougbare went missing after Sunday Mass and rumours are that he has been kidnapped. Copyright Aid to the Church in Need.
To priests, religious and Christians from the Diocese of Fada N'Gourma
Subject: Request for prayers for the protection and for the release of Father Joël YOUGBARE
On Sunday, March 17, 2019, we learned that Joël YOUGBARE who went to a village in the parish of Djibo to celebrate the Eucharist did not return to Djibo. This sad news makes us all the more anxious, as we have not heard from him for three days. We have already prayed for him. With this letter I would like to encourage you not to despair but to persevere in prayer because nothing is impossible for God.
I therefore invite all the priests and religious of the diocese, to say at the end of each prayer of the Divine Office, the prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help and after the prayer of Vespers, to pray a decade of the rosary for him. I ask priests to pray for this intention during the masses. I urge the parish priests of the diocese to ask Christians to think of our brother in their individual and community prayers.
Dear Sons, I have great hope that our prayers proclaimed with faith will relieve Father Joël YOUGBARE from his current situation and contribute to his safe return. May the Lord hear us, Amen!
+Pierre Claver Yenpaabu MALGO
Bishop of Fada N’Gourma
We ask for your prayers in regards to the insecurity in Burkina Faso and pray for Fr. Joël and for the church there.