Bish­ops apol­o­gize for church’s role in 1994 Rwanda geno­cide

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KIGALI, Rwanda — The Catholic Church in Rwanda apol­o­gized on Sun­day for the church’s role in the 1994 geno­cide, say­ing it re­gret­ted the ac­tions of those who par­tic­i­pated in the mas­sacres.

“We apol­o­gize for all the wrongs the church com­mit­ted. We apol­o­gize on be­half of all Chris­tians for all forms of wrongs we com­mit­ted. We re­gret that church mem­bers vi­o­lated (their) oath of al­le­giance to God’s com- mand­ments,” said the state­ment by the Con­fer­ence of Catholic Bish­ops, which was read out in parishes na­tion­wide. The state­ment ac­knowl­edged that church mem­bers planned, aided and ex­e­cuted the geno­cide, in which more than 800,000 eth­nic Tut­sis and mod­er­ate Hu­tus were killed by Hutu ex­trem­ists. The lo­cal church had long re­sisted ef­forts by the gov­ern­ment and groups of sur­vivors to ac­knowl­edge the church’s com­plic­ity.

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