Kagame attends first Cardinal Antoine Kambanda mass

On 6 December 2020 at 03:08

President Paul Kagame has attended the first mass read by His Eminence Antoine Kambanda since he was installed Cardinal by Pope Francis on 28th November 2020.

The mass organized to celebrate the first-ever Rwanda’s Cardinal took place at Kigali Arena.

Cardinal Kambanda expressed delight for joining Christians after his new special appointment to comfort believers.

“ I am excited to join all of you to thank God and share with you the blessing acquired during my installation as Cardinal. Today, I bring the blessing here in Rwanda,” he said.

The President of Rwanda’s Episcopal Conference, Bishop Philippe Rukamba revealed that they were proud for the milestone and good news for all Rwandans.

“His Eminent Cardinal, your installation as cardinal made us happy. We interacted with different people on televisions, radios and social media channels expressing gratefulness because they showed how a person becomes cardinal,” he noted.

“You are adding up another stage to a long sequence of Christians and clerics Rwanda has ever had. Since the past, we are always aware that God spends the day elsewhere and returns to sleep in Rwanda. Your appointment as cardinal convinced us to understand this enough and helped us to understand the impact of Catholic Church in Rwanda globally,” added Rukamba.

He thanked Cardinal Kambanda for his contribution help Rwandans heal from wounds of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi as the head of Justice and Peace Commission among Rwanda’s Catholic Church Bishops.

“We consider your installation as cardinal as something proving that we are on the right psychiatric journey because it helps a Christian to pardon like Christ and God,” he said.

Bishop Rukamba explained that promoting unity and reconciliation under the championship of President Paul Kagame was the enabler to restore peace among Rwandans.

The Mass was also attended by other bishops from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi , diplomats accredited to Rwanda, representatives of different faith based organizations among others.

President Paul Kagame , Cardinal Antoine Kambanda and otehr Catholic Church Bishops arriving at Kigali Arena.
The Mass was also attended by other bishops from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi.