Repent; do penance; pray

On November 28, 1981, the Virgin Mary began appearing in the tiny village of Kibeho, Rwanda.  Among Our Lady’s many messages was a chilling prophecy. This prophecy of mass genocide sadly came true in the nineties when a million people were killed in Rwanda, tens of thousands close to the little school where the visions began. Our Lady made it clear, though, that this prophecy was not just for Rwanda, but for the world.

On August 19, 1982, the Blessed Mother appeared to the visibly upset and weeping seers one by one and showed each — including terrifying images of people killing each other, bodies lying abandoned with no one to bury them, trees on fire, an open abyss, a monster, “river of blood,” and decapitated heads. According to Father Gabriel Maindron — who wrote the first widely-circulated book on the apparitions (Kibeho)

the visionaries sometimes cried, their teeth chattered, they trembled. They collapsed several times with the full weight of their bodies during the apparitions, which lasted nearly eight hours without interruption. The crowd of about 20,000 present on that day was given an impression of fear — indeed, panic and sadness.

His Excellency, Bishop Augustin Misago, Bishop of Gikongoro, Rwanda, wrote a declaration published on June 29, 2001, regarding the Revelations in Kibeho. In it, he declared:

As Ordinary of the place of the revelations, I announce the following:

1. It is true that the Mother of God appeared in Kibeho on the day of November 28, 1981 and during the following months. There are more well-founded reasons to believe in this than to deny it. For this reason only three visionaries from the beginning of the revelations deserve to be recognized as authentic, namely Alphonsine Mumureke, Nathalie Mukamazimpaka, and Marie Claire Mukangano. The Virgin Mary appeared to them dedicated as “Nynia wa Jambo,” meaning “Mother of the Word,” which is a synonym for “Umubyeyi w’Imana,” which means “Mother of God,” as she explained it. The visionaries maintain that they saw her sometimes with hands folded, then other times unfolded.

(While the Archbishop has only recognised three visionaries, many sites name seven; two of whom died in the massacres. This includes one of the original three, Marie-Claire, wwho as killed in the town of Byumba in the summer of 1994 together with her husband.)

According to the visionaries, Mary’s address in Kibeho “is not directed to only one person nor does it concern only the current time; it is directed to everyone in the entire world.”

The Mother of the Word did not come to Kibeho with new teaching, but to remind us with full clarity of that which we had forgotten. She came to awaken us, to shake our consciences, to warn us, to remind us of our responsibilities as children of God, to lead us onto the right path, and to motivate us to correct our lives. She called us to repent, to pray, and to love her Son. Will we, in years to come, say with Immaculee Ilibagiza, “If only we had listened.”


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11 Responses to Repent; do penance; pray

  1. Wall Eyed Mr Whippy says:

    The prophecy mentioned is disturbing.

    What I also find troubling is that there was no mention of many other massacres to come. Like in Bosnia, Iraq, or Palestine. Or monster killing floods in China and fatal earthquakes in Japan. Surely these weren’t collective punishments?.

    Not only that, there seems to have been no guidance as to how to avoid the massacres etc.

    Or have I missed something in the report?


  2. Gertrude says:

    I think Our Lady had some pretty accurate words at Akita Whippy – I don’t know about the other places you mention. One common thread of Our Blessed Lady is always the call to repentance and penance. This is something that this sinner needs constant reminders about!

    The apparitions above are new to me, but please God we will not wonder in coming years whether we listened – our times are too troubled not to.


  3. kathleen says:

    A few years ago Fr. Benedict Groeschel, in his programme ‘Sunday Night Live’ on EWTN, had this inspiring discussion with one of the visionaries, Immaculee Ilibagiza:


  4. Wall Eyed Mr Whippy says:

    Yes, G, but what should we be repentant about? The massacres mentioned in Africa – surely the victims weren’t responsible for their fates?

    That’s what I mean about collective punishment. The other disasters ; well the US and its allies were the cause of around 1 million deaths there, and for no reason whatsoever.
    Bosnia? many thousands of Muslims slaughtered and so on….


  5. manus says:

    Thank-you, JP and Kathleen. Vey interesting articles (another instance of a dancing sun, no less) and interview.

    Whippy – Luke 13:4. “Or those eighteen on whom the tower at Siloam fell, killing them all? Do you suppose that they were more guilty than all the other people living in Jerusalem? They were not, I tell you. No; but unless you repent you will all perish as they did.”

    Isn’t this just another horrific example of the same old Gospel warnings?


  6. Gertrude says:

    I’m sorry Whippy I only just saw your question ‘what should we be repentant about’. I wasn’t referring particularly to any one incident, but the fact that Our Blessed Lady calls for penance and reperation for sin (particularly at Fatima). God alone knows there is enough both within and without our Church that we need to do penance and make reperation, never mind about our own inadequacies. Do you not think?
    One thing I am curious about in relation to the post above – whilst the Ordinary has given his approval – has Rome? If not, until this happens I suppose it will remain a ‘local’ apparition.


  7. Wall Eyed Mr Whippy says:

    Yes , Manus, towers do fall and kill all in them and beneath them. But we cannot, surely say that those who were crushed are responsible for their fate?

    G, yes if the church has failed then it must do penance and reparation – of course. There is in this instance an element of collective responsibility, but only a little. People who speak out against malpractice are got rid of. For example, that Australian nun who was recently beatified had at one time been excommunicated because she blew the whistle on abuse. Thats only one example. There was another instance of an abused person confronting the abusing bishop who was told “Who will ever believe you?” The Catholic church as someone said on CPS is not a democracy; it is authoritarian and I don’t need to spell out the inevitable, predictable problems this makes.

    Toad has asked the unanswered question -why is it that so many unsuitable people are attracted to the priesthood? The church had better find out fast, because times have changed, and the church may suffer the same fate as the rotten Murdoch empire if it doesnt sort it out.


  8. joyfulpapist says:

    Actually, Mr Whippy, the media in Australia made up the story about whistleblowing on abuse being the reason for St Mary McKillop’s (very brief) excommunication. It was more around whether a particular bishop was going to be in charge of the order, or whether it was going to be Australia-wide.

    Regarding apparitions, the message is not given to the visionaries for themselves, but for those they are instructed to inform. She was telling the people of Rwanda, and also the people of the world, to repent and believe.

    Had a sufficient number of the people of Rwanda believed, repented, and reformed their lives, there would have been no massacre. If a sufficient number of the world’s population believe, repent, and reform their lives, the coming world-wide disasters will be averted.

    Will those who die, or who are injured in mind or body, be responsible for the disasters? Some will; some won’t. The warning doesn’t say: If you don’t do this and that it will be your fault. It says: Here is how to avert disaster. Repent. Pray. Love Jesus.

    We have the warning.


  9. manus says:


    A characteristic of our time is to shrug off individual responsibility; one means of doing so is to project it onto institutions. You can complain about the authoritarian nature of the Church if you wish, but our democratic institutions aren’t exactly inspiring right now either – need we look any further than Parliament?

    Individuals take moral decisions, whether for themselves or on behalf of the institutions they serve. There is no substitute for personal responsibility. Badger’s hero NT Wright wrote a book called ‘Virtue Reborn’ pointing out the centrality of the pursuit of personal virtue to the Christian calling; this from an evangelical tradition suspicious of ‘good works’ over ‘faith’.


  10. Wall Eyed Mr Whippy says:

    Yes Manus, but in the church, individuals like us therefore have, according to what you say, responsibility and no power. You and I may not abuse children, but others do, who have power and no responsibility.

    My comment about authority incidentally, was an observation of a fact, pointed out to me some weeks ago here on CPS. The church may not suit democracy, but has wound up being unaccountable because of that, and is now in danger of foundering. I’m amazed that it has been let off the hook, for no other institution would have been allowed to survive these profound scandals.

    You are right that our current democratic institutions are feeble, but that does not excuse the church. We live in a society, and to me, the ‘individual action’ theme is flawed. That way allows those of conscience to picked off. Yes individual conscience is essential, but I feel it’s trusting and naive to think it makes any difference. I remember huge debates with friends on just this in the 60s; luckily no blows were struck, for they were all bigger than I. LOL


  11. Wall Eyed Mr Whippy says:

    Joyful, your comments about repentance and avoidance of catastrophe remind me of the apocalyptic terrors of European populations just before the year 1000.

    Mind, you, when they realised it was all superstition, they embarked on a cathedral building programme which we appreciate today.


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