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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso archbishop says appointment as cardinal was act of grace

When Archbishop Philippe Ouedraogo of Ouagadougou was told he had been named a cardinal Jan. 12, he thought it was someone playing a joke.

The telephone call from Rome was in Italian, a language the prelate hardly understood, and he had not been notified of the pope's decision in advance.

"I asked the caller what the pope wanted from the little bishop of the savannah," Ouedraogo told Burkina Faso's news agency Jan. 13.


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