Kibeho Parish has been a global pilgrimage destination for Roman Catholics since the Virgin Mary appeared on 28th November 1981. The focal point is Kibeho Church, where the faithful receive Holy Communion.


Today the site is host to pilgrims throughout the year with two majors dates dominating the calendar – Assumption Day (15th August) and 28th November (the anniversary of the Virgin Mary’s appearance).

During peak season, Kibeho Church receives between 25,000-30,000 visitors. Religious tourists and pilgrims flock from across the world, including America, Poland, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, France, Italy and India.

During low season, Kibeho receives approximately 100 religious tourists a week, mostly from Rwanda, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania.

Our Lady of Kibeho, also known as Our Lady of Sorrows of Kibeho, is a Catholic title of the Mary, mother of Jesus, based on the Marian apparitions reported in the 1980s



The visions may be regarded as an ominous foreshadowing of the Rwandan genocide, and particularly the second Kibeho massacre in 1995. The school where the visions occurred became a place of slaughter during the Genocide, as dozens of children were shot and hacked to death by Hutu terrorists.
Sadly, even Kibeho itself was a site of massacre, and Marie Claire was one of many who lost her life. Kibeho remains the only Vatican approved apparition in Africa and is increasing in popular devotion in the United States.

The story of Our Lady of Kibeho began when the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared in Kibeho, Rwanda, during the 1980s, and identified herself as Nyina wa Jambo (Kinyarwanda for “Mother of the Word”) to three high school girls: Alphonsine Mumureke, Anathalie Mukamazimpaka and Marie-Claire Mukangango.



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Kibeho Parish has been a global pilgrimage destination for Roman Catholics


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