Sheffield’s Catholic communities to mark ‘atrocity’ anniversary

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Catholic communities in Sheffield will join together to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide on Sunday.

The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development - or CAFOD - is organising a series of prayers and vigils across the city to mark the date.

In 1994, in the 100 days that followed the assassination of the Rwandan President, an estimated six people were killed every minute on average.

Three parishes in Hallam - St Patrick’s, Sheffield Lane Top, Sacred Heart, Hillsborough and St Ann’s, Deepcar, raised more than £4,000 between 2012 and 2013 to help those affected by the atrocity and on Sunday will mark the anniversary in their Masses.

CAFOD Sheffield manager Angela Powell said: “What happened 20 years ago was not just one of the most horrific crimes in history, but one of the greatest abdications of global leadership.

“The vigils, prayers and reflections that will take place on April 6 will unite us with all those in Rwanda who have worked for peace over the past 20 years, and say that - with each anniversary that passes - we will not just remember Rwanda as one of the worst genocides in our lifetimes, but re-double our determination that it will be our last.”