Pope begs forgiveness for church role in Rwanda genocide - Africa

STARS AND STRIPES | on Mon, Mar 20, 1:39 PM

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Monday begged forgiveness for the "sins and failings of the church and its members" during Rwanda's 1994 genocide as the Holy See sought to open a new phase in relations nearly a quarter-century after the slaughter. In an extraordinary statement after Francis' meeting with Rwandan President Paul Kagame, the Vatican acknowledged that the church itself bore blame, as well as some Catholic priests and nuns who "succumbed to hatred and violence, betraying their own ...

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