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Thousands witness opening of Cathedral in Rwanda
Mugabe Grace (Episcopal Church of Rwanda)
 
CAPA 040726-2
July 26, 2004

[CAPA - Rwanda] Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame was among thousands of Anglican faithful who attended the official opening and blessing of John the Baptist Cathedral in Ruhengeri, Rwanda.
The colourful function held on Sunday July 25, 2004 was presided over by the Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of Rwanda, the Most Revd. Emmanuel Kolini and the Diocesan Bishop, the Rt Revd John Rucyahana.
An altar call made during the service saw 1,080 people accepting Jesus Christ as their personal saviour. The President congratulated the new believers and praised the Episcopal Church of Rwanda for its role in peace building and economic development.
Rwanda was devastated by a genocide ten years ago that claimed close to one million people. The Anglican Church has been at the forefront in counselling victims of the genocide and reconciling the nation.
Archbishop Kolini told the gathering that the word of God would bring healing to the nation. He said love was the greatest virtue and had the power to transform any society.
Bishop Rucyahana who was singled out for praise by the President, pledged to continue working for the good of the all people in the diocese.