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President Kagame Celebrates Rwanda’s First-ever Cardinal

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President Paul Kagame on Sunday joined other Roman Catholic faithful at the Kigali Arena to celebrate the first-ever Rwandan Cardinal, His Eminence Antoine Kambanda.

Late in October this year, Pope Francis elevated Archbishop of Kigali Antoine Kambanda to a Cardinal, making history for becoming Rwanda’s first cardinal.

Now Cardinal Kambanda is among thirteen new Cardinals the Vatican announced on October 25th immediately after the Pope had conducted a recitation of the Angelus.

Cardinals wear the colour red which indicates their willingness to sacrifice themselves usque ad sanguinis effusionem, that is, to the point of shedding their own blood, in the service of the Successor of Peter, and even though they reside in the remotest regions of the world, they become the titular of a parish in the Eternal City so that they are incardinated in the Church of which the Pope is Bishop.

Pope Elevates Archbishop Antoine Kambanda To Cardinal