Catholic Church in Minnesota remembers Virgin Mary prediction of Rwanda Genocide
Kigali: The Catholic Diocese in the U.S state of Minnesota is preparing a function to commemorate the appearance of the Virgin Mary to seven children in Kibeho (Western Rwanda) which supposedly gave them visions of the future Tutsi Genocide, RNA reports.
To mark this appearance, a prayer retreat is being organized on April 24 at St. Timothy in Minneapolis. Organisers say through this event, it is hoped people will feel closer to their Catholic family around the world.
The retreat will include music, confession, Mass and adoration. Retreatants will also eat a unique Rwandan meal, hear Rwandan music and learn about the apparition of Our Lady of Kibeho, according to The Catholic Spirit, a newsletter of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minnesota.
Kibeho was part of former Gikongoro prefecture where on November 28, 1981, the Virgin Mary reportedly surfaced. Available information suggests that the government at the time used the appearances for political reasons.
In the years that followed, government-leaning media especially Radio Rwanda reported that the Virgin Mary had approved the killing of Tutsis and that President Juvenal Habyarimana was with her in Heaven.
At the retreat in Minnesota, those in attendance will will watch “Hold on to Hope,” a DVD presentation of the life of Immaculée Ilibagiza, who survived the Tutsi Genocide. Ms. Ilibagiza will also lead them in meditation via DVD.