Kigali, 07 December, 2020 / 7:14 pm (ACI Africa).
The President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame has rallied Rwandans to support the ministry of the country’s first Cardinal, Antoinne Kambanda, just as they have shared in the joy of his elevation to Cardinalate.
“Today, all of us Rwandans have great joy because the Catholic Church of Rwanda has a Cardinal. It’s the first time this has happened in the last 120 years,” President Kagame said Sunday, December 6 during the thanksgiving ceremony of Cardinal Kambanda.
He added in reference to the Cardinal, “As we have shared in the honor and happiness, we also need to assist him in the responsibilities so that he can finish his ministry well.”
Addressing the guests gathered at Kigali Arena for the thanksgiving Mass, the Rwandese Head of State noted that when a citizen of the East-Central Africa nation shines globally or locally for their “courage and commendable performance,” honor befalls the whole country.
“We thank the Pope for trusting him (Kambanda) and elevating him among his advisors. This decision is based on trust in his judgment and hard work that Kambanda showed in Rwanda and proof that he can get his contribution to the whole church in the world,” President Kagame said.