Film Planned on Rwanda Pilgrim-Site

ROME, OCT. 6, 2005 ( Kibeho isn’t a well-known place, but it is Africa’s only pilgrim-site where Church-approved Marian apparitions have taken place.

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“It may be compared with Guadalupe, Lourdes and Fatima,” said Christine du Coudray, head of Aid to the Church in Need’s Africa department, upon her return today from a visit to Rwanda.

She explained: “Our Lady of Sorrows appeared here from 1981 to 1983 and the visionaries, now in their 40s, are still alive.”

According to du Coudray, Aid to the Church in Need is supporting a film project about Kibeho and the apparitions.

“The film will be a gift to the suffering Church in Rwanda where, still today, violence is a part of everyday life,” she said. “Amid all the cruelties, Kibeho is a place of prayer and reconciliation. This is a message to Africa and to the world.”

Du Coudray added: “What the Church there needs most, is support for the formation of priests, religious and lay catechists as well as construction aid for church buildings, especially for a new pilgrims’ cathedral in Kibeho.”

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