On the west coast of Africa, Ivory Coast has been Christianized since the last decade of the nineteenth century.
The Catholic religion has been paving her path there for over a century, in the midst of a majority of Animist (approximately 50%) and Muslims (about 30%), but today she can claim about 20% baptized Catholics.
The love of the Christians of Ivory Coast for the Virgin Mary is visible in the many chapels and shrines dedicated to Our Lady, which flourish here and there in the parishes of the country. But first and foremost, the most beautiful shrine is the majestic basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Yamoussoukro.
The cornerstone was laid on August 10, 1985, and it was consecrated on September 10, 1990, by Pope John Paul II. As condition, Pope John Paul II put the corner stone of a hospital to construct close to the basilica. This hospital, named holy Joseph of Moscati, began to be built in August 24, 2009.