Burkina Faso is a largely Muslim state with a substantial Catholic population..For centuries, the two sides didn’t talk. Even Muslims were divided within their own ranks. But an enterprising French priest named Lucien Bidaud saw an opportunity in disaster. .With the country savaged by drought, he brought together members of the country’s major faiths and urged them to help the victims of the tragedy. This helped lay the foundation for a modern state whose approach to religious freedom remains groundbreaking.