‘The Catholic Church in Rwanda has apologized for the role some of its members played in the 1994 genocide in which 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were massacred over the course of 100 days, the Associated Press reports.
In a statement to mark the year-end message of the Holy Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis, the Conference of Catholic Bishops reportedly admitted for the first time on Sunday that members of the church had planned, aided, and executed the genocide.
“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 commandments,” said the statement, which the AP says was read out in parishes across the country.’