Religious denominations are believed to play a great role in shaping people’s faith, acquaint followers with ethics and good moral behavior guiding them in society.
However, Tutsi endured sufferings during the 1994 genocide despite the presence of a wide range of such denominations in Rwanda.
Genocide left wounds in Rwandan society. The government of unity put on forefront the pillar of non-discriminative politics and promoting equal opportunities among Rwandans.
Religious denominations have also demonstrated willingness to shape history providing a hand in building Rwandan spirit that lacked among believers who deviated from their mission and killed fellow citizens.
Churches were considered as shrines, havens and path to Heaven. It was not the case when Tutsi seeking refuges in churches were killed therein during the 1994 genocide. It is upon that sad background that some churches were turned into genocide memorials today.
Recently, Pope Francis apologized for the role of Catholic Church members during the 1994 genocide against Tutsi.
The Catholic Church Spokesperson, Bishop Philippe Rukamba has said that Christians and priests are all called on supporting the value of upholding Rwandans’ unity.
“A Christian must have a sense of building humanity including ‘Ndi Umunyarwanda’.It is a particular onus upon us,” he said.
He explained that the Catholic Church will next year focus on message of reconciliation among Rwandans.
Bishop Rukamba explained that all priests will convene in Kabgayi on 7th October to discuss the said theme as they will be celebrating 100 years since priesthood sacrament was introduced in Rwanda.
He highlighted that Christianity must not be limited in words but demonstrated in building the nation where believers need to have identity through good social interaction, caring for the vulnerable and weak people and transforming thoughts to strengthen brotherhood in the country leading to peace and love.
The spokesperson of ADEPR, Bishop Jean Sibomana has too stressed the need to uphold ‘Ndi Umunyarwanda’ program among believers.
“We are concerned with promoting unity and reconciliation of Rwandans and standing against racial discrimination,” he said.
Bishop Sibomana called on Rwandans to condole genocide survivors and keep away from genocide ideology.
“We need to mobilize Christians to avoid genocide ideology. We have even heard that part of a Christian’s residence was demolished recently in the nigh. I don’t remember where he lives but it is a manifestation of lingering genocide ideology among people,” he said.
“I request Rwandan Christians not to hurt genocide survivors,” he added.