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Bissau – Yesterday, August 19, Imam Ustas Aladji Bubacar Djalo from Mansoa died completely unexpectedly. This is a great loss for Islam in Guinea-Bissau, but also for the Catholic Church, because throughout his life he was a man of peace and dialogue.
The Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Bissau, Bishop José Lampra Ca, and the Administrator of the Diocese of Bafatá, Fr. Lucio Brentagni, comment on his death as follows:
“It is with great sadness that we have heard the news of the death of the esteemed Imam of Mansoa and President of the National Union of Imams of Guinea-Bissau, Ustas AladjiI Bubacar Djaló. The Catholic community has a very strong bond with Imam Ustas, and at this moment it joins the great pain with his family and with the entire Islamic community of Mansoa and Guinea”.
His desire for peace was known to many, his commitment to fraternal dialogue between religions will not be forgotten. Since the beginning of Radio Sol Mansi, the radio station of the Catholic Church, he has been present with a program, entitled “Voice of Islam”. His faithful presence until his last days was a sign of his great faith in the one God and his desire that religions be at the service of Peace and Good for all.
The collaboration between Radio Sol Mansi and the Radio Koran School of Mansoa remains in the history of Guinea Bissau and has been an extremely positive example in various places around the world and in the media in Europe and Africa.
In June of this year, the Imam gave a lecture for the students of the “Leopoldo Pastori” high school in Bafatà on the value of the dialogue between believers of the various religions and spoke about the document “Human brotherhood for world peace and common coexistence”, jointly signed by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam de Al-Azhar Ahmed Al-Tayyib in 2019. He pointed out to the students the danger of religious fanaticism that is spreading in the world and in the sub-region, and condemned the instrumentalization of religion for political purposes”.