The Cathedral of St. John Berchmans Church in Shreveport is hosting a
Roman Catholic priest from Rwanda who will speak about forgiveness
during weekend events. Rev. Ubald Rugirangoga lost 80 family members to
Rwanda’s ethnic strife, beginning in 1963 with his father’s murder. He
says more than 45,000 of his parishioners were killed in the genocide.
Today, Rugirangoga is invited to speak around the world about how he has
been able to forgive the killers and find inner peace.
“People think it’s too much, too many people," Rugirangoga said, in
reference to the 1994 ethnic bloodshed between Hutus and Tutsis. “When I
am in America, I speak about how to help people to love one another,
even if there’s no genocide here.” St. John Berchmans Rev. Peter
Mangum visited Rwanda last summer, home to Rugirangoga's Center for the
Secret of Peace. Mangum said tens of thousands of people have made
pilgrimages there. “There are thousands of accounts of physical
healing, and who knows how many of spiritual healing. I even witnessed
murderers of people's families who stood next to survivors and heard
words of forgiveness,” Mangum said.
Shreveport resident Lauren
Cryblskey heard Rugirangoga preach two years ago in Zachary, La. At the
time, she said, she was undergoing treatment for cervical cancer. Today,
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