Kigali, 25 October, 2019 / 2:12 am (ACI Africa).
As Rwanda continues to recover from memories of the 1994 genocide that was characterized with, among other issues, bitter memories of complacency from various quarters, the Catholic Church in this Central African nation is preparing to look back at her activities over the past 25 years in regard to witnessing to peaceful coexistence, a Rwandan Church leader has announced.
"The Catholic Church in Rwanda wishes to look back on its progress towards unity and reconciliation," the President of the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace (CEJP) Archbishop Antoine Kambanda told journalists at a press conference in the nation’s capital, Kigali October 22.
“We want to celebrate these achievements and share with the rest of the world where we have come from and where we are today and consolidate what we have built further,” Archbishop Kambanda who is the Local Ordinary of Kigali Archdiocese added.
The celebration will be a three-day event, beginning from November 29 and will be guided by the theme, “Rwandans – friends of Rwanda – let us examine together the works of the Catholic Church in Rwanda," the Archbishop announced.
Some of the activities envisaged include a consultative dialogue to review the contribution of the Church in peace building, unity and reconciliation, an exhibition showcasing what has been achieved, visits to genocide memorial sites, and a national forum on consolidating peace, unity and reconciliation gains, the Archbishop outlined.