NCR Podcast: Rwandan genocide and Holy Week

  • Boys at the Bernadine Sisters School in Kamonyi, Rwanda. Children are on vacation for a month from late March to mid-April, a time when emotions run high as the country observes the national memorial day on April 7. (GSR photo/Melanie Lidman)
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In this episode, editors Gail DeGeorge and Dennis Coday join Brittany Wilmes in studio to talk about the anniversary of the Rwanda genocide and Pope Francis' recent apology on behalf of the Catholic Church. Later, Brittany talks to GSR Africa correspondent Melanie Lidman* about her visit to Rwanda and how the country is healing. Celebration editor Denise Simeone stops in for a quick chat about Holy Week.


Show Notes

  • Melanie Lidman's blog for Global Sisters Report on her trip to Rwanda.
  • The Benebikira Sisters, Rwanda's oldest indigenous congregation, minister by listening.
  • When she needs advice, a Rwandan orphan texts a sister who raised her.
  • In November, Rwandan bishops apologized for their role in the genocide. 
  • Pope Francis met Rwandan President Paul Kagame and apologized on behalf of the Catholic Church.
  • The Catholic Church still has an important role to play in reconciliation, say Rwandan leaders.
  • Celebration Publications offers worship and preaching resources for the Easter season and beyond.

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*The percentage of Catholics in Ethiopia is stated as 90% in the podcast. The statistic should be 60%. The sisters sentenced to prison in the International Criminal Tribunal were Benedictines, not Franciscans.

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