VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis begged redemption Monday for the “sins and failings of the church and its members” during Rwanda’s 1994 genocide and told Rwanda’s boss that he hoped his reparation would help the country heal.
In an unusual matter after Francis’ assembly with Rwandan President Paul Kagame, the Vatican concurred that some Catholic priests and nuns “succumbed to loathing and violence, betraying their own devout mission” by participating in the genocide.
During the 100-day genocide, over 800,000 racial Tutsis and assuage Hutus were killed by Hutu extremists.
Many of the victims died at the hands of priests, clergymen and nuns, according to some accounts by survivors, and the Rwandan supervision says many died in the churches where they had sought refuge.
The Vatican pronounced Francis “expressed the enterprise that this common recognition of the failings of that period, which unfortunately crippled the face of the church, may minister to a ‘purification of memory’ and may promote, in wish and renewed trust, a future of peace.”
The Vatican’s matter followed an central reparation last year by Rwanda’s Catholic bishops for “all the wrongs the church committed.”
In the years since, the internal Catholic Church had resisted efforts by the supervision and survivors’ groups to acknowledge the church’s complicity in mass murder, observant those church officials who committed crimes acted individually.
The Vatican pronounced Francis conveyed the unhappiness of the Holy See and the church at vast for the genocide and voiced oneness with the victims.
“Evoking the gesticulate of Pope St. John Paul II during the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, he implored anew God’s redemption for the sins and failings of the Church and its members,” the Vatican said.
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