Leah Libresco: “The Toll a Lack of Forgiveness Takes”

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Today, I continue my 100 day series remembering the twentieth anniversary of Rwandan genocide. Please join me in prayer for those lives lost and impacted in this tragedy. #NeverAgain. LMH At her blog yesterday, my fellow Catholic Patheos writer Leah Libresco offered a two part lesson on the importance of forgiveness, including a look at The New [Read More...]

“We forgive because we know God is so forgiving”

Survivor Viviane N'Habimana with perpetrator Boniface Hakizimana at the Community Healing and Reconciliation Program in Rugango Parish in Butare Diocese, Rwanda. The five year project (2008-2012) helped improve social cohesion among Rwandans facing the consequences of the 1994 genocide. Catholic Relief Services implemented the project in partnership with the Peace and Justice Commission of the Catholic Church of Rwanda and five dioceses. It promoted the use of non-violent conflict management, community healing approaches, peace values and reconciliation. Over 37,000 volunteers and 300 priests and religious leaders were targeted to debate and reflect on challenges and strategies of achieving reconciliation in Rwanda. The CRS Egan Fellowship 2013 journalists visited the village during their trip to Rwanda in October 2013, to listen to and share the participants stories.

Today, I continue my 100 day series remembering the twentieth anniversary of Rwandan genocide. Please join me in prayer for those lives lost and impacted in this tragedy. #NeverAgain. LMH Today, I want to point you to a beautiful article by my friend Helen Blakesley. Helen is the CRS regional information officer for West and Central Africa. [Read More...]

Kwibuka Rwanda

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 Today, I continue my 100 day series remembering the twentieth anniversary of Rwandan genocide. Please join me in prayer for those lives lost and impacted in this tragedy. #NeverAgain. LMH Today, I wanted to share a compelling video — it’s short, but uplifting. It encourages Rwandans to “Kwibuka” — to remember… As we watch this, let [Read More...]

Why Did It Take So Long?

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Today, I continue my 100 day series remembering the twentieth anniversary of Rwandan genocide. Please join me in prayer for those lives lost and impacted in this tragedy. #NeverAgain. LMH This video is a bit old — it was uploaded to Youtube on December 19, 2008. I’m sharing it today, because the rawness of Immaculée Ilibagiza testifies [Read More...]

USCCB: Haiyan Funds to Be Split between Relief & Reconstruction

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Just released from the USCCB: USCCB Committee Votes on Distribution of Funds from Special Collection for Victims of Typhoon Haiyan; Proceeds to be Split Evenly for Immediate Humanitarian Relief and Long-Term Church Reconstruction Needs April 9, 2014 WASHINGTON—Members of the U.S. bishops’ Administrative Committee ratified a recommendation to evenly distribute the proceeds of the special [Read More...]

Pope Francis and Rwanda

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Today, I continue my 100 day series remembering the twentieth anniversary of Rwandan genocide. Please join me in prayer for those lives lost and impacted in this tragedy. #NeverAgain. LMH Since going to Rwanda with CRS last year, I’ve often pondered what might have been done differently to avoid the bloodshed of the genocide. Certainly, [Read More...]

Remembering Rwanda Twenty Years Later for 100 Days

Open tombs of victims at the Rwandan Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda.

I should have written this post yesterday. I used busyness as my excuse. As is usual these days, I was in transit. In reality, I probably could have made the time. But I decided not to, at a certain point intentionally choosing that I would blog about the commemoration of the twenty years since the [Read More...]

Wails, sobs: Rwanda marks 20 years since genocide

Another article covering today’s genocide commemoration underscores some of the remaining emotional and psychological damage and points to the tragedy unfolding in the Central African Republic. #NeverAgain http://www.apnewsarchive.com/2014/Amid-wails-and-sobs,-Rwanda-commemorates-20-years-since-start-of-genocide/id-af98299811ce4a15bb365fae36d38b22 [Read more...]

Kerry Weber Remembers Rwanda 20 Years Later in “Shadowed by Tragedy”

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Twenty years ago today, the Rwandan genocide began, taking the lives of approximately 800,000 souls — my friend Kerry Weber has a special article today at America Magazine which recaps much of what we saw and learned on our trip with Catholic Relief Services. Be sure to click through and view the many photo galleries that [Read More...]

Another compelling example of Rwandan reconciliation

Rwanda Genocide: Man And Victim Now Friends http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/07/rwanda-genocide-man-victim-friends_n_5104404.html?ir=Religion&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000055 As we begin today a remembrance of the start of the Rwandan genocide that began twenty years ago today, stories like this one point to the complex Web of relationships that still exist within Rwanda.  [Read more...]