The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo has cleared air over a recent apology made by Pope Francis for involvement of church members in the 1994 genocide against Tutsi, faulting people wishing to receive Pope’s apology as individuals saying that Rwanda was satisfied with the step made by Pope Francis.
Mushikiwabo has told the media that various talks between Catholic Church and the government of Rwanda followed the annual dialogue and led to the apology of Pope Francis when he invited president Kagame in Vatican at the end of February 2017.
President Kagame met Pope Francis on 20th March 2017 in Vatican where the Pope apologized for Catholic Church members’ involvement in Rwanda genocide.
The apology was later questioned by various people and entities describing it as wanting saying genocide survivors should also receive the apology.
“The Catholic Church is represented by His Holiness Pope Francis who expressed its sadness over what happened in Rwanda during the genocide. Secondly, he consoled Rwandans affected by such horrendous acts. Thirdly ,it was the first time the Catholic Church accepted guiltiness and is the first step made on committed crimes,” she said.
She has said that president Kagame invited Pope Francis to Rwanda following their meet in Vatican.
- The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo.