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When Holy Mary ascended to heaven , Kibeho residents had an experience of the day

Posted on 18 August 2013 by peter

On August 15 annually, Catholics from all over the world celebrate the Assumption Day, remembering what they believe to be the ascension to heaven of the Holy Virgin Mary, mother to Jesus Christ.

The Assumption Day gains an even bigger momentum at Kibeho pilgrimage site in Nyaruguru district, Southern Rwanda, where the Virgin Mary reportedly appeared to three then school girls at a Kibeho-based high school between 1981 and 1982. They are Alphonsine Mumureke, Nathalie Mukamazimpaka and Marie Claire Mukangango.

After a scrutiny spanning nearly two decades, the Catholic Church of Rwanda termed the Kibeho apparitions as “authentic” in 2001.

Kibeho has since grown into a pilgrimage site. According to church leaders at Kibeho, at least 100,000 pilgrims have been making their way to Kibeho on a yearly basis since 2011, from different parts of the world. And business has slowly but steadily followed suit as result of new infrastructures like hotels and electricity to cater for pilgrims.

The photo essay below, gives a snapshot into 2013’s Assumption Day at Kibeho.

When Holy Mary ascended to heaven , Kibeho residents had an experience of the day

A crowd of Catholic faithful gather in Kibeho Parish ground for the mass of the Assumption Day. “Be careful. There you’re standing is a holy place”, reads a notice on the flyer, written in the local Kinyarwanda language.

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Some Catholic faithful chose to present their offerings, not in terms of money, but in their crops. Here, a group of women come forward with baskets full of their offerings like beans, among others.

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From the young to the old, Catholic faithful keenly say their prayers during the mass on the Assumption Day.

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 This billboard in the Kibeho trade center guides pilgrims towards the Kibeho pilgrimage site, about half a mile away.

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Nyamagabe: Abanyamahanga bari mu nama mpuzamahanga y’abagore b’abadivantisiti basuye urwibutso rwa Murambi.

Posted on 10 August 2013 by peter

Nyamagabe Abanyamahanga bari mu nama mpuzamahanga y’abagore b’abadivantisiti basuye urwibutso rwa Murambi

Kuri uyu wa Kane tariki ya 08/08/2013, Abanyamahanga bagera ku 1000 bari mu nama mpuzamahanga y’abagore b’abadivantisiti b’umunsi wa Karindwi muri Afurika yo hagati n’iy’iburasirazuba iri kubera mu Karere ka Huye, basuye urwibutso rwa Jenoside yakorewe abatutsi rwa Murambi mu karere ka Nyamagabe.

Aba bagore batangaje ko jenoside yakorewe abatutsi iteye ubwoba ndetse ngo bakaba batibaza ukuntu umuntu yatinyutse kwica mugenzi we, akageza no ku bana batazi icyatsi n’ururo.

Batangaje ko nk’abagore bakwiye guhaguruka bagaharanira ko bitazongera kubaho aho ariho hose ku isi, ndetse bakanigisha urubyiruko kugira ngo ruzace ukubiri n’ubugizi bwa nabi.

“Twebwe nk’abagore duhaguruke turwanye ihohoterwa n’ubugome byabaye, duharanire ko bitazongera kubaho, tunigishe urubyiruko rwacu kugira ngo rutazagira iki gitekerezo kuko ari rwo ruzubaka igihugu cy’ejo hazaza, runafate umwanzuro wo kuzana amahoro ku isi,” Debbie Maloba, umuyobozi w’icyiciro cy’abagore n’abakobwa b’abadivantisiti b’umunsi wa karindwi muri Afurika yo hagati n’iy’uburasirazuba.

Umuyobozi wungirije w’icyiciro cy’abagore n’abakobwa b’abadivantisiti b’umunsi wa karindwi ku isi, Raquel Arrais yavuze ko hakenewe urukundo kugira ngo ibyo yabonye ku rwibutso rwa Murambi bitazongera kubaho, ngo kuko arirwo ntwaro iruta izindi ku isi.

Ati “Ubutumwa bwanjye ku banyarwanda ni ubwo gukomeza gukundana kuko urukundo ni intwaro ikomeye ku isi. Iyo ukunze mugenzi wawe nk’uko wikunda ubasha kwakira ibikubaho, ugatera imbere, ukigisha abandi urukundo no kwitangira abandi, ukagera ku bantu bari hafi yawe, ukababarira kandi ugakomeza kubera abandi umugisha. Ubutumwa naha abanyarwanda rero ni ubwo gukomeza gukundana kandi bagakomeza guteza imbere ubwiyunge buri munsi mu rugendo rwo gukira ibikomere by’amateka no gutegura ejo hazaza heza”.

Umunyamabanga nshingwabikorwa wa Komisiyo y’igihugu yo kurwanya jenoside, Jean de Dieu Mucyo wari waje kwakira aba bashyitsi, yavuze ko bifuza ko abantu basura inzibutso kugira ngo bamenye amateka n’ubwo ari mabi, kuba haje abanyamahanga benshi bikaba ari byiza kurushaho kuko bamenya amateka ndetse bakanayajyana aho bari hirya no hino.

Umunyamabanga nshingwabikorwa wa Komisiyo y’igihugu yo kurwanya jenoside yasabye aba bagore bo mu itorero ry’abadivantisiti b’ubunsi wa karindwi baturuka mu bihugu binyuranye kuba ba ambasaderi b’u Rwanda, kugira ngo abantu bagize uruhare muri jenoside yakorewe abatutsi baba bihishe mu bihugu byabo bashyikirizwe ubutabera.

Ati “Hari abantu bakoze amahano bari mu bihugu hirya no hino ushobora gusanga no mu bihugu muturukamo bahari, nagira ngo mudufashe abo bantu tubashyikirize ubutabera kuko kugenda akihisha ahantu n’ibintu yasize akoze aha ngaha ntabwo byaba bikwiye”.

Inama mpuzamahanga y’abagore b’abadivantisiti b’umunsi wa Karindwi iri kubera mu karere ka Huye yitabiriwe n’abagore baturutse mu bihugu 11 bya Afurika ari byo u Rwanda, u Burundi, Kenya, Tanzaniya, Uganda, Sudani y’amajyepfo, Eritereya, Djibouti, Ethiopia na Somalia.

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