Catholic bishops from Burkina Faso and Niger have called for better dialogue between Muslim and Christian communities in an effort to combat terrorism.
The bishops were in Rome May 20-28 for their ad limina visit, which Catholic bishops must make every five years to report to the pope on their respective dioceses and meet with Vatican officials.
The 21 bishops from Burkina Faso and Niger were welcomed by Pope Francis.
At the top of the list of their pastoral concerns they shared with the pope were security and interreligious dialogue.
“The Catholic Church is surrounded by Muslim populations, and in Burkina Faso, Muslims make up 60 percent of the population,” said Archbishop Paul Yemboaro Ouédraogo of Bobo-Dioulasso, president of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina Faso and Niger.
This is why forging peaceful and cohesive relations is fundamental, he said after his audience with Pope Francis.