The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has via Twitter handle revealed that Minister Biruta and Archbishop Gallagher discussed ways to strengthen cooperation between Rwanda and the Catholic Church.
Rwanda is among 24 African countries with Bishops elevated to the rank of Cardinal.
On 28th November 2020, His Eminence Antoine Kambanda became Rwanda’s first ever cardinal installed by Pope Francis.
As he joined catholic faithfuls from across the country towards the end of last year at Kigali Arena, in a thanksgiving ceremony in honour of the first ever Rwandan cardinal, President Paul Kagame expressed gratitude to Pope Francis for trusting Cardinal Kambanda to be amongst the Pope’s closest advisors.
Kagame said that the trust is founded on the wise judgement and proven commitment throughout Cardinal Kambanda’s service to the Church in Rwanda who also showed that he is able to contribute to the Church on the global stage.
In March 2017, Kagame visited Vatican where he met with Pope Francis and held talks at the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City.
At the time, Kagame and the Holy Father discussed several aspects of the relationship between Rwanda and the Holy See. They also discussed the Church’s role in the most tragic chapters of Rwanda’s past, leading to the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi in 1994.