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School Day Celebration in Father Vjeko Center

School Day CelebrationThe best students in the school year were given awards, followed by a show prepared by the students themselves. For parents and other guests who gathered in large numbers, they performed traditional Rwandese dances, accompanied as always, by the sound of drums, as well as the presentation of different plays in which they joked about their...

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A Review of Projects in 2010 in Kivumu

A review of projects in 2010While we were making a draft for this article, we realized how much we’ve really done. It’s not that we’re bragging, but we’re glad to see such a rich list of events. So, aside from our usual pastoral work, projects in our ‘Padri Vjeko School’ came straight, one after the other, and we managed to increase the number of students as well and also courses. But, let us start from the beginning...

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Friar Vjeko and St. Anthony

St. Anthony of PaduaWe marked the 13th death anniversary of our Franciscan brother Vjeko Ćurić, who was murdered on January 31st, 1998, in the Rwandan capital of Kigali. He dedicated his entire life to serving others, and then, during the difficult Rwandan post-war period, he was murdered by those he loved the most – his “Swarthies,” his Rwandans. He became a martyr and a victim of his love! Since his arrival in Rwanda in 1983, Fra Vjeko remained in the parish of Kivumu, some forty miles from Kigali, a parish which was founded thanks to him. Together with few other friars, he worked and lived with the Rwandan people in their simple way...

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The New School Year at Father Vjeko Center

The New School Year 2011The first day was more than lively. Students who, during the last school year, completed the first year of learning one of the trades, enrolled in the second year. But the ones that demanded the most attention were the new students who were just starting first year. So, the first day of school was spent counting, enrolling, dividing into classes, but...

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Our Lady of Kibeho

Procession in Kibeho, RwandaSeveral years before he became Pope Benedict XVI, as the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, cardinal Joseph Ratzinger had personally approved the Declaration on the Definitive Judgment on the Apparitions of Kibeho. Thus, on 28 June, 2001, by accepting the Pastoral Letter of Rwandan Bishop Augustine Misago, Vatican officially recognized...

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