Archbishop of Rwanda talks genocide and reconciliation

Archbishop of Rwanda talks genocide and reconciliation

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Archbishop of Rwanda talks genocide and reconciliation

The horrors of the infamous Rwanda genocide and the strength in overcoming it were discussed in Maidenhead by the country's leading Anglican.

Archbishop of Rwanda, Onesphore Rwaje, paid a visit to St Mary's Church, which has forged strong links with the African country over the last 40 years.

Accompanied by his wife Josephine, he spoke to the congregation at four services on Sunday before sitting down for lunch and coffee.

He discussed the mass murder in 1994 in which an estimated 800,000 people were killed and the progress that has been made in finding reconciliation.

Rev Will Stileman, vicar of the High Street church, said: "Having supported the Rwandan church practically and spiritually for many years, we are delighted that the Archbishop can visit and inspire us to serve Jesus here in Maidenhead and to support our fellow Christians in Rwanda.”

The visit came after St Mary's welcomed baby boy William George McFaul into the church family, whose great-great grandfather was Harold Guillebaud, a pioneer missionary to Rwanda in the 1920s.

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