This is also valid for Alphonsine who continued to attract many people up to the end of her apparitions. The disturbing habit of the pretenders developed forms of infatuation for great sentiments, misleading propaganda, cheating, exploitation for commercial or political purposes, etc. The most active period of these apparitions ended with the year 1983. I first worked with Katori in New York in 2006. Therefore each Christian is free to believe or not. Everything said or done after that date at Kibeho did not bring anything new with respect to what was already known, from the point of view of the messages and of the signs of credibility. But the story still remains largely unknown. While thousands of people witnessed the apparitions of the other five, at this time the Church has not investigated these. The Virgin appeared to them with the name "Nyina wa Jambo", that is "Mother of the Word", which is synonymous to "Umubyeyl W'iamna" that is, "Mother of God", as she herself explained. "in the great number of celebrations for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000 of the Redemption and of the Centenary of evangelization in Rwanda, this Declaration makes it possible to respond to the expectations of the People of God and to bring new enthusiasm to the public devotion recognized already for 13 years". In April 1982, two commissions were authorized to investigate the events. Therefore, many interpretations of … A devout place of conversions, of the reparation of the sin of the world, a place of reconciliation. 4. If am turning to parish of Kibeho, it does not mean that I am concerned only for Kibeho or for the Diocese of Butare or for Rwanda, or for the whole of Africa. The reason for this are neither forgetfulness nor negligence. In the sphere of the apparitions there is then no absolute certainty for the witnesses, except perhaps for the visionary. Since the end of her mandate, however, this rosary was poorly accepted by the sisters and slid into obscurity. The initiation of further procedures for the approval of other visionaries is neither appropriate nor needed. Pastoral directives: Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows and public devotion. Our Lady's apparitions in Kibeho, Rwanda, began on November 28, 1981, and ended on November 28, 1989. On August 15, 1988 the local Bishop approved public devotion to Our Lady of Kibeho. I first worked with Katori in New York in 2006. It is 36 km from the Bishop of Gikongoro’s residence and 30 km from the Bishop of Butare’s residence. This, however, is not the case in Kibeho. Mons. "A recognized apparition, that strengthens the life of faith and prayer, is certainly a powerful help for Shepherds of souls, but the message linked to this apparition is not a new revelation; it is rather a way of recalling the ordinary teaching of the Church, which has been forgotten". There are, indeed, enough elements that enable the authorities to assess the events of the apparitions and finally end the debates by a declaration bearing the final judgment on the investigated issues. The very first Marian Apparitions on the Continent of Africa recognized by the Holy See. As a result, Bishop Augustin Misago of Gikongoro, who represents this authority, has published his declaration concerning the definitive judgement on the apparitions of Kibeho, Rwanda. Thirteen years before the bloody 1994 genocide that swept across Rwanda and left more than a million people dead, the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ appeared to eight young people in the remote village of Kibeho. Furthermore, the message concerning the construction of a chapel at the place of the apparitions in Kibeho does not limit the Bishop to certain dimensions, plans, shapes or arrangements of the building. These unusual phenomena began on 28 November 1981, in the college of Kibeho. In any case, the declaration of June 29th, 2001 is final. In prayers of supplication, litanies and hymns, the faithful may add "Our Lady of Kibeho" forevermore to other names under which the Blessed Virgin is invoked. This decisive act in the history of the apparitions of Kibeho took place in the presence of the Apostolic Nuncio of Rwanda, all members of the Episcopal Conference of Rwanda, many priests from different dioceses of the country, major superiors of various religious communities and lay people from all over the world. The most active period of these apparitions ended with the year 1983. var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; This important event in the history of the Diocese of Gikongoro, as in the life of the Church in Rwanda, took place on 29 June 2001, on the solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul, during a solemn Mass concelebrated in the cathedral of Gikongoro. L'Osservatore Romano is the newspaper of the Holy See. This was a sad time when Mary was almost forgotten, and barely prayed to. They are the ones who made Kibeho known as a place of apparitions and pilgrimage causing crowds of people to flock there.What is more important is that Alphonsine, Nathalie and Marie Claire corresponded satisfactorily to all the criteria established by the Church in the matter of private apparitions and revelations. The advanced state of the study commissions' work now offers sufficient elements to allow competent ecclesiastical authorities to pronounce definitively on this question. We cannot attach probative value to that. The text we offer is a translated summary from the original 23-page French report on the apparitions of Our Lady in Kibeho and on the work of the two commissions (medical and theological) that studied them for the past twenty years. These were no miracles. Their message is in conformity with the Sacred Scripture and the living Tradition of the Church. The extraordinary story of these three schoolgirls inspired my friend, the American playwright Katori Hall, to write Our Lady of Kibeho. After the genocide, and two decades of rigorous investigation, Our Lady of Kibeho became the first and only Vatican-approved Marian (that is, related to the Virgin Mary) site in all of Africa. Up to his death in 1994 he suffered under serious mental health problems. If am turning to parish of Kibeho, it does not mean that I am concerned only for Kibeho or for the Diocese of Butare or for Rwanda, or for the whole of Africa. The Virgin appeared to them with the name "Nyina wa Jambo", that is "Mother of the Word", which is synonymous to "Umubyeyl W'iamna" that is, "Mother of God", as she herself explained. “Our Lady of Kibeho” KIBEHO, RWANDA (1981-1989) Kibeho is a small African village in the mountainous terrain of Rwanda. 12 from June 29th, 2001, the local ordinary, H.E. "Our Lady of Kibeho is a beacon of hope, a light for all Africa and the world. In prayers of supplication, litanies and hymns, the faithful may add "Our Lady of Kibeho" forevermore to other names under which the Blessed Virgin is invoked. On 15 August 1988, the local Bishop decided to approve a public devotion linked to the apparitions of Kibeho. As mentioned above, it was the true visionaries' discernment, their mental health, the respectful and sincere climate in which the apparitions took place and the conformity of the visionaries' messages and their moral conduct and, furthermore, the absence of sensationalism in the habit of the visionaries and their humility and obedience towards the church authorities that were the most important criteria in the process of their approval. Immaculée Ilibagiza, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, speaks to a crowd of about 200 at St. Leo the Great School in Fairfax about her experience and the message of Our Lady of Kibeho, the only apparition in Africa approved by the Vatican. June 17, 2019. 1 on the image of the V.M, 2006. When she falls in love with a rambling bluesman, Ace of Spades, she gives into the suggestions of the local madam, Candylady, and conjures up a hoodoo trick to make him fall in love with her back. Kibeho is a small town in south Rwanda, which became known outside of that country because of reported apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ occurring between 1981 and 1989. The Blessed Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ reportedly appeared to some teenagers in Kibeho in 1981, as Our Lady of Kibeho. The apparitions apparently communicated various messages to the schoolchildren, including an apocalyptic vision of Rwanda descending into violence and hatred, possibly foretelling the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The recognition of these apparitions should not be considered a requirement of faith. Our Lady of Kibeho is an approved apparition and is a touching look into the trials of the people of Rwanda. The Bishop had personally witnessed an increase in Sunday and … Now, Immaculée Ilibagiza plans to change all that. The name given to the Marian shrine of Kibeho is "Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows", as I advocated on the occasion of the laying of the foundation stone on November 28th, 1992 and, with more detailed explanations, in my speech at Kibeho on September 15th, 1996. The dimensions of this edifice have to be carefully considered for the available space is limited by the school building nearby. Goring on Apparitions of Our Lady of Kibeho *** Vatican approved *** “Urgent, desperate plea from the Virgin Mary. There are more reasons to believe in the apparitions than to deny them. This message was given by the Virgin Mary not on her own initiative, but as a response to a request from the visionaries. The very first Marian Apparitions on the Continent of Africa recognized by the Holy See. “Our Lady of Kibeho” KIBEHO, RWANDA (1981-1989) Kibeho is a small African village in the mountainous terrain of Rwanda. I think they have been approved, is that correct? —If so, what visionary, man or woman, can be believed, in view of the large number of people who in those days began to talk about visions and messages from heaven? Sanctuary Our Lady of KibehoB.P. More study was yet required before official approval, but pilgrims were now permitted to visit and pray at the apparition site. In Kibeho, a similar tale played out as the church became a killing ground. June 17, 2019. stephen ryan 3192 Views. During that apparition, the Blessed Mother focused, curiously, on what is called the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows — an older devotion that she introduced to them by carrying a black rosary. The apparitions continued for a considerable length of time. Our Lady of Good Help, whose shrine is located in Champion, Wisconsin, is the first Marian apparition approved by the Church in the U.S. (although not yet by the Vatican). Among the signs for the credibility of the apparitions, the following should be mentioned: the good mental health, the human balance, the attentiveness and the sincerity of the visionaries certified in the conclusions of the medical commission, comprising the opinion of a psychiatrist; the respectful and sincere climate in which the events took place; the absence of sensationalism in the habit of the visionaries, which indicates that the apparitions did not occur neither automatically nor controlled by them; the conformity of the visionaries' messages and behaviour; the tangible character of the ecstasies, according to the examinations of the commissions free of mental disorder or hysteria; the genuineness and simpleness of the dialogues in the apparitions; the fact that parts of the message were expressed in a more eloquent way than the visionaries would usually be able to due to their culture and religious formation; the phenomenon of the "mystical journey" first of all for Alphonsine ( on March 20th, 1982) and then for Nathalie (on October 30th, 1982); the frightening visions of August 15th, 1982, which proved to be prophetic due to the human dramas in Rwanda and throughout the country of the Great Lake region in recent years; the extraordinary fasting of Nathalie during Lenten season 1983, rigorously monitored by the medical commission, whose members did not consist of (practicing) Catholics only; the content of the message, remaining consistent, relevant, and orthodox; the spiritual fruit already borne by these events, all across the country and even abroad; The message of the Virgin Mary to the visionaries of Kibeho, contains, among other aspects, the wish that we should build a Shrine at Kibeho in her honour and in remembrance of her apparition in that place. There was more than one “visionary” after the three now approved, who pretended to see some astrophysical phenomena at Kibeho, trying to impress the crowds of pilgrims, particularly in November 1982, after 5 pm. Only the three initial testimonies merit being considered authentic; they were given by Alphonsine Mumureke, Nathalie Mukamazimpaka, and by Marie Claire Mukangango. 2. These witnesses, historically linked, were the only ones on the scene for some months, at least up to June 1982. Although practically inevitable and difficult to discern, interference of this kind seem not to have altered the true message of Kibeho. Bishop Misago, who was the main celebrant of the Mass, personally read, in front of the assembly, the long-awaited Declaration, but only its most significant passages, for lack of time. However, the phenomenon of the proliferation of alleged visionaries in the region of Kibeho and in the rest of the country might have really disoriented public opinion. What is more important is that Alphonsine, Nathalie and Marie Claire corresponded satisfactorily to all the criteria established by the Church in the matter of private apparitions and revelations. It was the visionary Marie Claire Mukangango who brought it back again as she received the mission to teach the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows by the Blessed Virgin Mary of Kibeho. Various credible witnesses gave a natural explanation for these phenomena, which seem to have been well prepared and can be disregarded. Phone: 212-686-5405 Email: ourladyofkibehofoundation@gmail.com Our Lady of Kibeho: Mary Speaks to the World from the Heart of Africa $ 14.99 Add to cart; True Devotion to Mary: with Preparation for Total Consecration $ 11.95 Add to cart; Keeping Mary Close: Devotion to Our Lady through the Ages The Miraculous Medal: Its Origin, History, Circulation, Results Bishop Augustin Misago of Gikongoro, Rwanda, DECLARATION OF THE BISHOP OF GIKONGORO, RWANDA. 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