West Africa

In a pastoral statement, the prelates also pledged to support ‘the culture of life’

Money will be used to support and train clergy to help people afflicted with the virus

‘Canon Law rules out the exercise of temporal power, and it’s never right for a priest to hold it’, says spokesman

Cardinal Philippe Ouedraogo announced a week of prayers for ‘reconciliation, justice and peace’

People are unable to work because of restrictions aimed at containing the spread of the deadly virus