Bishop Named for Koudougou, Burkina Faso

KOUDOUGOU, Burkina Faso, NOV. 4, 2011 (Zenit.org).- The apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Koudougou, Burkina Faso, has been named the diocese’s bishop.

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The Vatican announced today Benedict XVI’s appointment of Bishop Joachim Ouédraogo, who had been bishop of Dori since 2004.

The 49-year-old prelate succeeds Bishop Basile Tapsoba, who resigned in May.

The Diocese of Koudougou has about 278,000 Catholics in a population of more than 1.6 million. They are served by some 80 priests and 180 religious.

Burkina Faso has a Muslim majority of 60% and a Catholic minority of just under 20%.

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