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Twenty-six-year-old Laetitia Mukamana is one of 20 teen mothers In Rwanda who benefited from Trocaire’s women’s empowerment pilot programme. Credit: Trócaire

Catholic Entity Launches “women’s empowerment” Initiative for Rwandan Teen Mothers

The overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, Trócaire, has launched a skills program for women in Rwanda’s Gikongoro Diocese that targets teen mothers.

Credit: EWTN

Catholic Film on Rwandan Genocide Reveals Mary’s Unheeded Warning ahead of Killings

The mention of the 1994 Rwandan genocide ignites memories of one of the world’s worst genocides in which an estimated 800,000 people were killed. Not many, however, are aware that the Virgin Mary warned of the disaster through a series of apparitions.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM). Credit: CEM/Facebook

Despite Wins against Insurgency in Cabo Delgado, Bishops in Mozambique Call for Caution

Catholic Bishops in Mozambique have, in a collective statement, called for caution and a careful assessment of the security situation in the Southern African nation amid reports that the country is registering wins in the fight against insurgency in the country’s Cabo Delgado Province.

Don Bosco Technical and Vocational Training School in Rango, Rwanda, offers courses in construction, carpentry, welding and sewing to students including single mothers. Credit: Salesian Missions

On International Day for Poverty Eradication, Salesians Focus on Youth in Rwanda, Togo

On the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty marked Sunday, October 17, members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) have highlighted their programs seeking to empower young people in needy situations, including Rwanda and Togo.

Epiphany became the main caregiver for her two youngers sisters at the age of 13. Credit: Trocaire

International Catholic Entity in Rwanda Recounts Success Story in Fight against Poverty

The experience of Epiphany, the 18-year-old Rwandese girl who was forced to drop out of school five years ago and has turned around her life has been recounted as a success story in the fight against poverty in the Great Rift Valley country. 

Bishop Luzizila Kiala (left) of Angola’s appointed Archbishop of Angola's Malanje Archdiocese and  Antoine Cardinal Kambanda (right) of Rwanda’s Kigali Archdiocese named a member to the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education. Credit: Courtesy Photo

New Archbishop in Angola Appointed, Rwandan Cardinal Named Member to Holy See Entity

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Luzizila Kiala of Angola’s Sumbe Diocese as the new Archbishop of the country’s Malanje Archdiocese and named Antoine Cardinal Kambanda of Rwanda’s Kigali Archdiocese as a member to the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education.

Cyprien Rugamba, his wife Daphrose Rugamba, and their six children who were all executed in the infamous 1994 Rwandan genocide. Credit: Public Domain

Family Killed in Rwandan Genocide Being Considered for Sainthood after Glowing Testimonies

The canonization of Cyprien Rugamba, his wife Daphrose Rugamba, and their six children who were all executed in the infamous 1994 Rwandan genocide, is being considered after the conclusion of a report detailing the Catholic family’s exemplary life.

One of the young mothers at the Don Bosco Technical and Vocational Training School in Rango in Rwanda's Butare Diocese. Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesians Empowering Young Mothers in Rwanda Through Vocational Training Initiatives

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in Rwanda are reaching out to young mothers through vocational training initiatives being realized at the Don Bosco Technical and Vocational Training School in Rango in the country’s Butare Diocese.

Some youths working in one of the farms belonging to the students at the Don Bosco Gatenga Center in the country’s Archdiocese of Kigali. Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesians Facilitating Access to Nutritional Support at Catholic Youth Center in Rwanda

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in Rwanda are facilitating access to nutritional support for youth and students at the Don Bosco Gatenga Center in the country’s Archdiocese of Kigali.

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Kibeho

Meet Our Lady of Kibeho in Rwanda, The Only Approved Marian Apparition in Africa

There is only one Vatican-approved Marian apparition that took place on the African continent: Our Lady of Kibeho.

Antoine Cardinal Kambanda during an interview with EWTN News on 28 November 2020. Credit: EWTN News

Rwanda’s Cardinal Says Eucharist Key to Unity, Reconciliation amid History of Genocide

As the Church in Rwanda celebrates the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress, Antoine Cardinal Kambanda has underscored the value of the Eucharist in the landlocked Great Rift Valley East African nation, saying it is key to unity and reconciliation as Rwandans recover from “our history of Genocide.”

Salesian Bro. Hubert Twagirayezu with some of the street children being supported by Salesians in Rwanda. Credit: Agenzia Info Salesiana (ANS)

Salesians in Rwanda Seeking Support to Protect Dignity of Vulnerable Children

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) serving in Rwanda are seeking financial help from people of goodwill to help them protect children at risk in the Great Rift Valley nation.

Some of the street youths  who have benefitted from Salesian Centre in Rwanda/ Credit: Agenzia Info Salesiana (ANS)

Salesians Expanding Centre in Rwanda’s Butare Diocese to Meet Street Children’s Needs

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in Rwanda’s Diocese of Butare are seeking to expand their street children Centre to meet the needs of the beneficiaries.

The Bishop-elect of Rwanda's Cyangugu Diocese, Msgr. Edouard Sinayobye / Catholic Diocese of Cyangugu/ Facebook

Seminary Rector Appointed Bishop of Rwanda’s Cyangugu Diocese

Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Edouard Sinayobye who has been serving as Rector of the preparatory Seminary of Nyumba in Rwanda’s Butare Diocese as the Bishop of Cyangugu Diocese in the country located in the Great Rift Valley.

Antoine Cardinal Kambanda. / EWTN

Cardinal in Rwanda Appointed to Vatican’s Propaganda Fide

Rwanda’s Cardinal has been appointed to the Vatican's Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (CEP), whose members are responsible for coordinating the church’s missionary work.

President Paul Kagame and Cardinal Antoine Kambanda during the Thanksgiving Mass celebrated in Kigali on Sunday, December 6.

Rwanda’s President Rallies Citizens to Support Ministry of Country's First Cardinal

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.

Cardinal Antoine Kambanda receives the red hat from Pope Francis November 28, 2020. / Vatican Media.

Fostering Family “as domestic church” to Remain Priority for Rwanda’s First Cardinal

The new Cardinal for Rwanda, the first-ever Cardinal in the landlocked Great Rift Valley East African nation, will continue to prioritize family apostolate in what he considers the rebuilding of “internal structures” that the country requires.

Mahama Refugee Camp in Rwanda. / Caritas Rwanda.

Caritas Internationalis Restoring Dignity of Thousands of Burundian Refugees in Rwanda

The leadership of the global confederation of Catholic relief agencies, Caritas Internationalis (CI), is helping restore the dignity of Burundian refugees in Rwanda’s Mahama Refugee Camp by striving toward their self-dependence.

Cardinal-designate Antoine Kambanda with President Paul Kagame during his installation as Archbishop of Rwanda's Kigali Archdiocese.

Appointment of First Cardinal in Rwanda “great value for all, honor to Church”: President

A week after Pope Francis named Archbishop Antoine Kambanda of Rwanda’s Kigali Archdiocese among 13 new Cardinals who are expected to be elevated to the rank on November 28, the President of the African nation in the Great Rift Valley, Paul Kagame has lauded the appointment saying it is “of great value for all Rwandans.”  

Archbishop Antoine Kambanda of Rwanda’s Kigali Archdiocese, the only African Prelate among the 13 new Cardinals who were named Sunday, October 25.

“It was a big surprise for me, I did not expect it”: Rwanda’s First Cardinal-elect

Archbishop Antoine Kambanda of Rwanda’s Kigali Archdiocese, the only African Prelate among the 13 new Cardinals who were named Sunday, October 25 has described his appointment as “a big surprise” beyond his expectation.