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Catholic Church Finally Apologizes For Its Role In The Rwandan Genocide

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AFRICANGLOBE - The Rwanda Catholic Church Sunday apologised for its priests’ role in the 1994 Genocide against Tutsis, which killed close to one million people. The apology contained in a statement signed by nine Catholic Bishops who constitute the Episcopal Council was read after mass on Sunday. Thousands had been killed inside churches and church compounds where they had sought refuge. Shortly after the genocide, a report by the Organisation of African Unity, now the African Union, described the Church in Rwanda as carrying a “heavy responsibility” for failing to oppose, and even promoting ethnic discrimination. Since 1996, several clergy members of the Church have been convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity by Rwandan courts.
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