Prayer for the 23rd Commemoration – Genocide
On Monday 20 March 2017, at the Apostolic Palace, His Holiness Pope Francis received in Audience H.E. Mr. Paul Kagme, President of the Republic of Rwanda.
Inspired by the important historic word the Holy Father pronounced at that occasion let us pray together to our Heavenly Father, who is rich in mercy.
In communion with pope Francis, Successor of Saint Peter, we have come before you to express our profound sadness, that of the entire Church, your people, for the genocide that took place against the Tutsi.
We pray to you for all those of our brothers and sisters who continue to suffer because of those heinous crimes, so that they may be comforted by your Holy Spirit, helped and sustained by our solidarity.
We offer our prayers for all those who lost their lives so that in the company of Blessed Virgin Mary and all the Saints they may find eternal peace in your presence.
We implore your forgiveness, Almighty God, for the sins and failures of our brothers and sisters in the communion of the church, among whom priests, and religious men and women, who succumbed to hatred and violence, betraying their own evangelical mission.
We humbly recognize the failings of that period, which have disfigured the face of your Church.
We pray that our recognition may contribute to purification of memory, promoting in hope and renewed trust, a future of peace, witnessing to the concrete possibility of living and working together, so that the dignity of the human person and the common good are put at the center.
Loving God, at the moment of his crucifixion your Only-Begotten Son Jesus Christ asked your forgiveness for those who persecuted him, saying: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”.
Confident in your abundant mercy and love that alone can make everything new, we ask this through Our Lord, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.