In a congress held in the Seraphicum College (Saint Bonaventure College) in Rome, Pope Francis encouraged the work of the Medical Center of the Friars Minor Conventual for the poorest of Sabou, Burkina Faso.
In a message published by Vatican News on March 5, 2018, the Holy Father urged them “to continue the generous work of spreading the Gospel and of constant support to the Church in Burkina Faso, always favoring the poor and working in the geographic and existential peripheries, with the precious commitment to evangelization and promoting human dignity.”
The Pope entrusted to the Virgin Mary, Queen of the Missions, and to Saint Maximilian Kolbe, the fruitfulness of the missionary service of the Order and sent his Apostolic Blessing. Among the participants in the initiative is Nicolas Meda, Minister of Health of Burkina Faso, who will address the gathering.
The Saint Maximilian Medical Center opened in 2003. It offers free health services to more than 110,000 inhabitants, including emergency services, general medicine, maternity, pediatrics and, soon, radiology and surgery.