January 13, 2019

Pastor’s Recommendation: Our Lady of Kibeho: Our Lady Speaks to the World from the Heart of Africa by Immaculee Ilibagiza

Book Description: Thirteen years before the bloody 1994 genocide that swept across Rwanda and left an estimated 800,000 people dead, the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ appeared to eight young people in the remote village of Kibeho. Through these visionaries, Mary and Jesus warned of the looming holocaust, which (they assured) could be averted if Rwandans opened their hearts to God and embraced His love. Mary also sent messages to government and church leaders to instruct them how to end the ethnic hatred simmering in their country. She warned them that Rwanda would become “a river of blood”—a land of unspeakable carnage—if the hatred of the people was not quickly quelled by love. Some leaders listened, but very few believed. The prophetic and apocalyptic warnings tragically came true during 100 horrifying days of savage bloodletting and mass murder. Much like what happened at similar sites such as Fátima and Lourdes, the messengers of Kibeho were at first mocked and disbelieved. But as miracle after miracle occurred in the tiny village, tens of thousands of Rwandans journeyed to Kibeho to behold the apparitions. After the genocide, and two decades of rigorous investigation, Our Lady of Kibeho became the first and only Vatican-approved Marian (related to the Virgin Mary) site in all of Africa. But the story still remained largely unknown. Now, however, Immaculée Ilibagiza has written the book, Our Lady of Kibeho: Our Lady Speaks to the World from the Heart of Africa, concerning the visions that will help spread Our Lady’s message that was meant for the whole world both then and now. She has made many pilgrimages to Kibeho, both before and after the holocaust, has personally witnessed true miracles, and has spoken with a number of the visionaries themselves. What she has discovered will deeply touch your heart!

As your pastor and spiritual father, I beg you to read this book!  Father Scott


Immaculee Ilibagiza who is a Rwandan Genocide Survivor and NEW YORK TIMES best-selling Author will be speaking Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Saint Andrew Apostle in Silver Spring, MD. For three terrifying months during the horrific 1994 Tutsi genocide in Rwanda, Immaculee and seven other women hid for their lives in the tiny, secret bathroom of a local pastor. Amidst the ordeal, Immaculee discovered the power of prayer especially the Rosary and a profound and lasting relationship with God, which enabled her to seek out and forgive even her family’s killers. She now remains devoted to sharing the importance of faith, understanding, unconditional forgiveness and the message of Our Lady Kebiho especially as a devotion to the Sorrowful Mother. Admission is $10 in advance ($15 at the door) to help defray Immaculee’s travel expenses. Register now at https://standrewapostle.org/immaculee-ilibagiza/

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