A few days after the release of the construction plan of the basilica, Catholic Church representatives met with contractors on January 9th, 2020 to discuss when the construction will kick-off.
The Mayor of Nyaruguru District, Francois Habitegeko said that the project has already been initiated and that the basilica will be completed by 2021. “conception and initiation of the project are almost done and we anticipate that the basilica will be completed by 2021.”
The basilica will be built on Kibeho Holy Land which is renowned to attract thousands of pilgrims every year who come to visit the land in which Catholic believers say the Virgin Mary appeared, in the 1980s.
The construction activities are estimated to cost up to $70 million.
Through their Twitter account, Nyaruguru district administration called upon the private sector to invest in the hospitality sector especially in the construction of that will be located in Kibeho Holy Land that has been cited by Rwanda Development Board (RDB) as a tourist site.
Nyaruguru district administration also stated that the basilica will also include accommodation facilities for the thousands of pilgrims who visit Kibeho every year especially on the celebration of Assumption in August, which recalls the Virgin Mary’s journey to heaven.
On November 28th, 1981, Mumureke Alphonsine received the initial vision shortly after her admittance into Mère du Verbe High School in October 1981.
A year after, the Virgin Mary appeared to Mukamazimpaka Nathalie and Mukangango Marie Claire who also went to the same school as Mumureke.
The apparitions emphasized endless prayer and expiation, with the Virgin even instructing Mukamazimpaka to perform penances through the mortification of the flesh.
Mukangango, The Virgin told Mukangango instructed her that people should pray at the Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows to obtain the favor of repentance.