Our Lady of Kibeho: Mary Speaks to the World from the Heart of Africa
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. Through these visionaries, they warned of the looming holocaust, which they assured could be averted if Rwandans opened their hearts to God's love.
Much like at Fátima and Lourdes, the messengers of Kibeho were first mocked and disbelieved. But miracle after miracle eventually brought tens of thousands to Kibeho. For years onlookers watched as Mary and Jesus spoke through the seers about God’s love, sending messages they meant not only for Rwandans, but the world.
Mary also sent messages to government and Church leaders telling them how to end the ethnic hatred simmering in their country. She warned Rwanda would become “a river of blood”—a land of unspeakable carnage—if the people's hatred was not quickly quelled by love. Some leaders listened, but few believed; the prophecies tragically came true during 100 days of savage bloodletting and mass murder. After the genocide, and two decades of rigorous investigation, Our Lady of Kibeho became the first and only Vatican-approved Marian site in all of Africa. But the story still remains largely unknown. Now, Immaculée Ilibagiza plans to change all that. She made many pilgrimages to Kibeho both before and after the holocaust, personally witnessed true miracles, and spoke with a number of the visionaries themselves. What she’s discovered will deeply touch your heart.