Loading
Reconciliation and Forgiveness
Pope remembers Rwanda genocide, calls for reconciliation centered on the faith

.- In a message sent to the president of the Republic of Rwanda for the national day of mourning on the 13th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, Pope Benedict XVI called on Christians in the country to make their faith the foundation of an authentic and enduring reconciliation.

The genocide in Rwanda took place in April 1994, when rival Hutus and Tutsis began slaughtering each other, leaving more than one million dead.  Several of the leaders behind the massacre are still on trial at the he International Court at The Hague.

“I desire to unite myself to the pain of the nation and to prayers for the victims of this horrible massacre, without distinction of creed, ethnicity or political opinion," the Holy Father said in his message.

The Pontiff added, "I hope that all Rwandans, guided by their civil and religious authorities, commit themselves with greater generosity and effectiveness in favor of national reconciliation and the building of a new country, in truth and justice, in fraternal unity and peace."

Benedict XVI concluded his message saying, “The Christian faith, shared by the majority of the Rwandan people, if it is lived with coherence and fullness, constitutes an effective aid in overcoming a past of errors and death, whose culminating moment was the genocide of 1994.  At the same time, this faith inspires confidence in the possibility offered to all Rwandans, reconciled with one another, of building together a better future, of discovering again the newness of love, which is the only force that can lead to personal and social perfection and guide history towards the good.”


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees
Papal Foundation Pilgrimage
Exorcism or prayer of liberation?
Jul
23

Liturgical Calendar

July 23, 2014

Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:1-9

Gospel
Date
07/23/14
07/20/14
07/19/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Jer 1:1, 4-10
Gospel:: Mt 13: 1-9

Saint of the Day

St. John Cassian »

Saint
Date
07/23/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 13:1-9

Homily
Date
07/23/14
07/21/14
07/20/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: