Mass to Commemorate 10th Anniversary of Rwanda Genocide

April 02, 2004

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, who traveled to Rwanda immediately after that nation’s tragic genocide in 1994, will celebrate a Mass to Commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide:

Wednesday, April 7
3:30 p.m.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Crypt Church (lower level)
400 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC

Musicians from the Signature Heritage Chorale, St. Camillus Multi-cultural Choir and Rwandan Community Choir will offer a musical prelude starting at 3:15 p.m.

In a 100-day period beginning April 7, 1994, nearly one million Rwandans were killed, two million fled to neighboring countries and 300,000 children were orphaned or separated from their families. Representatives from the Rwandan embassy and community, members of the diplomatic corps and executives and staff of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) will attend the Mass, to remember those who lost their lives and to renew prayers for peace.

CRS, co-sponsor of the Mass with the Archdiocese of Washington, has provided development assistance and emergency relief in Rwanda since 1963. The impact of the Rwandan genocide resulted in the redirection of the programming of CRS, and the creation of a “justice lens” component for its emergency relief and development programming to foster reconciliation and peace to address root causes of injustice and conflict long before they occur.

Then-Archbishop McCarrick visited Rwanda in August 1994 as chair of the US Bishops’ Committee on Migration to assess and then advocate for human rights in that nation.

Susan Gibbs
Office of Communications
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