Pope seeks forgiveness for Catholic Church’s role in Rwanda genocide

Rwandan Genocide 

[Photo: Quest Garden]
Rwandan Genocide [Photo: Quest Garden]

Pope Francis asked on Monday for forgiveness for the “sins and failings of the Church and its members” during Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, saying the violence had “disfigured the face” of the Roman Catholic Church.

At a meeting with Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Francis said he hoped his apology would help promote peace in the African country, which was torn apart by genocide in 1994, and contribute to a “purification of memory”.

The Catholic Church in Rwanda last year publicly sought forgiveness for the part played by some of its members, who it said had fanned ethnic hatred that led to the killings.

Some massacres took place in churches where people who had sought refuge were killed by militias.

The Vatican said in a statement that the pope had “implored anew God’s forgiveness for the sins and failings of the Church and its members, among whom priests, and religious men and women who succumbed to hatred and violence, betraying their own evangelical mission”.

Some 800,000 people from the ethnic Tutsi minority as well as moderates from the Hutu majority were massacred in the 1994 genocide.

Mr. Kagame, a Tutsi, led a rebel force to halt the slaughter.

(Reuters/NAN)


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  • amazing2012

    Rwandan genocide is a confirmation that christianity is a religion of hate and killing people using media propaganda, proliferation of arms and hate campaign. Same people, same faith and same church but kill themselves ! Satans !!

    • Rosalia Christopher

      This is evidence that Christendom is part of world problems as the Bible assures us That soon government will destroy this world harlot soon the book of revelation understood