Catholic Church


Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso

Also known as: Burkina Faso (Deutsch, español, Italiano, polski, Português), le Burkina Faso (français), 布基納法索 (正體中文), ブルキナファソ (日本語), Burkina (latine)

Formerly: Upper Volta

Continent: Western and Northern Africa

Capital: Ouagadougou

Neighbouring Countries: Cote d’Ivoire Cote d’Ivoire, ↑ Mali Mali, → Niger Niger, ↘ Benin Benin, ↓ Togo Togo, ↓ Ghana Ghana

By Type (16)

Metropolitan Sees (Archdioceses) Metr. Archdiocese (3)

Episcopal Sees (Dioceses) Diocese (13)

By Rite

Roman Rite (15): Banfora, Bobo-Dioulasso, Dédougou, Diébougou, Dori, Fada N’Gourma, Gaoua, Kaya, Koudougou, Koupéla, Manga, Nouna, Ouagadougou, Ouahigouya, Tenkodogo

Maronite Church (1): Annunciation of Ibadan

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Apostolic Nunciature: Burkina Faso Archbishop Michael Francis Crotty (53)

Conference of Bishops: Conférence des Evêques de Burkina Faso et du Niger Bishop Laurent Birfuoré Dabiré (57)

International Meeting of Bishops’ Conferences: Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (R.E.C.O.W.A.) Bishop Alexis Touabli Youlo (63)

CardinalsCardinals (1 elector/1 total)

Cardinal Philippe Nakellentuba Ouédraogo (78)Philippe Nakellentuba Ouédraogo (78)

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Cathedrals Cathedrals (15)

Basilicas Basilicas (1)

Statistics (2021.12.31)

Catholic Population: 3,494,000 Catholics (15.7% of 22,186,000 total)

Pastoral Centres: 216 parishes, 900 mission stations (1 with resident priest, 899 without resident priest), 562 other centres

Clergy: 23 bishops (14 diocesan, 9 titular), 1,288 priests (939 diocesan, 349 religious), 2 permanent deacons (religious)

Non-Clergy: 1,793 religious (212 brothers, 1,581 sisters), 26 members of secular institutes (sisters), 808 major seminarians, 3 missionaries, 3,729 catechists


Area: 273,800 km²

Population: 20,107,509

Religions: Muslim 61.5%, Roman Catholic 23.3%, traditional/animist 7.8%, Protestant 6.5%, other/no answer 0.2%, none 0.7%

Languages: French (official), native African languages belonging to Sudanic family spoken by 90% of the population

Ethnic Groups: Mossi 52%, Fulani 8.4%, Gurma 7%, Bobo 4.9%, Gurunsi 4.6%, Senufo 4.5%, Bissa 3.7%, Lobi 2.4%, Dagara 2.4%, Tuareg/Bella 1.9%, Dioula 0.8%, unspecified/no answer 0.3%, other 7.2%

Motto: Unité, Progrès, Justice (French) (Unity, Progress, Justice)

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