Kagame, Pope Francis hold one-on-one talks on Rwanda-Vatican relations
President Kagame today held talks with the Holy Father, Pope Francis, at the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City.
According to Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo, who accompanied President Kagame to the Vatican, “President Kagame and the Holy Father discussed several aspects of the relationship between Rwanda and the Holy See.”
The Minster added that Kagame commended the Church’s contributions to Rwanda’s socio-economic development, particularly in the education and health sectors.”
Also discussed was the Church’s role in the most tragic chapters of Rwanda’s past, leading up to the Genocide against the Tutsi in 1994.
“Today’s meeting was characterised by a spirit of openness and mutual respect. It is a positive step forward in the relationship between Rwanda and the Holy See, based on a frank and shared understanding of Rwanda’s history and the imperative to combat genocide ideology. It allows us to build a stronger base for restoring harmony between Rwandans and the Catholic Church.”
Rwanda’s progress in reconciliation and economic development was noted, including the fact that survivors and repentant perpetrators have learned to live and work side-by-side, and that shared Catholic faith has facilitated these efforts and provided comfort.