World 20.3.2017 02:41 pm

Pope begs God’s forgiveness for Church sins during Rwanda genocide

AFP / Filippo Monteforte<br />Pope Francis holds a prayer vigil at Campus Misericordiae in Brzegi as part of the World Youth Days (WYD)

AFP / Filippo Monteforte
Pope Francis holds a prayer vigil at Campus Misericordiae in Brzegi as part of the World Youth Days (WYD)

The 1994 Rwanda genocide killed around 800 000 people.

Pope Francis on Monday begged for God’s forgiveness for “the sins and failings of the Church and its members” implicated in the 1994 Rwanda genocide that killed around 800 000 people.

The Vatican statement followed a meeting between Francis and the Rwanda President Paul Kagame. The pardon plea followed a request from Rwanda in November for the

Vatican to apologise for the role some Catholic priests and religious figures played in the massacres.

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