The Umbrella of genocide survivors, Ibuka Europe Chapter, has lauded the apology of Pope Francis for church members’ involvement in the 1994 genocide against Tutsi saying genocide survivors should also receive the apology.
Pope Francis apologized during a meet held with President Paul Kagame who was visiting Vatican on 20th March 2017.
The statement released by Ibuka Europe yesterday indicates that it welcomed Papal apology calling it a demonstration of feeling for people affected by genocide.
Ibuka Europe explained that Pope Francis apology is a milestone on the Church’s role in the 1994 genocide against Tutsi.
“We call upon Pope to better complete the journey he started apologizing to Rwandan victims of the 1994 genocide against Tutsi and survivors on behalf of Catholic Church and Vatican state,” reads part of the statement.
It requests that the apology should be followed by bringing to justice priests and other clerics shielded in dioceses and religious communities in occidental countries including Italy, France, Germany, Canada and Switzerland among others.
Ibuka Europe says the true reconciliation in honoring Rwandans must be manifested through accepting the role of Catholic Church and to have fair justice.
- The president of Ibuka Europe Chapter,Murangira César.