Kigali, 09 October, 2020 / 9:09 pm (ACI Africa).
Rwanda’s Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows in Kibeho, which is Africa’s only Vatican-approved site of a Marian apparition, played host to an online international Rosary prayer event held during the annual Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary, an organizer of the event has told ACI Africa.
Spearheaded by the World Family of Radio Maria (WFRM), an organization that operates a network of Marian radios across the world, the Wednesday, October 7 event saw millions of Catholics from five continents join in praying the Holy Rosary through the Marian stations in their respective countries.
WFRM officials decided to animate the international Rosary prayer event from the Shrine since it is a renowned pilgrimage site that “remains a very important Marian center for the whole African continent,” the Editorial Director of Radio Maria Africa, Jean Paul Kayihura told ACI Africa Friday, October 9.
Jean Paul further said that the virtual prayer event also sought “to make known the apparitions of Kibeho to the whole world because, as the Virgin Mary had pointed out, her message given to Kibeho concerning the true prayer without hypocrisy, the invitation to conversion, to pray for the Church, etc. is destined to the whole world.”
Located Southwest of Rwanda, the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, Kibeho stands on the site where the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) appeared to three secondary school-going students between 1982-1983, introducing herself as the “Nyina Wa Jambo,” translated to mean “Mother of the Word,” a phrase synonymous with “Mother of God.”