Rwanda Catholic Church seeks to canonize local musician

Mr & Mrs. Rugamba

Mr & Mrs. Rugamba

The Catholic Church in Rwanda has started the processes of fact finding that will enable its all-time religious music artist, Cyprien Rugamba and wife Daphrose canonized among the saints of Rwanda.

The song lyrics and writings of Rugamba and his wife are believed to be an inspiration to many Catholics and other thousands of Rwandans of different faiths.

The couple plus six of their children died in the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, which claimed nearly a million people.

The canonization process has been stirred by some inspirational initiatives that Rugamba and family left behind besides music. One of them being the C&D Rugamba foundation- which supports orphaned and street children in Rwanda.

The diocesan commission of the causes of canonization will be chaired by Rev. Father John Bosco Ntagungira, Episcopal Delegate, Rev. Father Martin Uwamungu, Promoter of Justice and Mrs. Edith Kayitesi , Notary and Mrs. Donatila Mukeshimana , Notary Assistant.

The results of the nationwide survey will then be forwarded to the Holy See (Rome), who should decide on the matter.

“The diocesan part of the cause aims through the testimonies and the work of historians made a historical commission to verify the heroic virtues and reputation of sanctity of the Servant of God” Fr. John Bosco Ntagungira said.

François-Xavier Ngarambe, a close friend of the late Rugamba says that this is a dream come true as in reference to the desires of Pope John Paul II, who, during his visit to Rwanda had made the initial inquiry into canonizing a Rwandan.

If and when Rugamba’s canonization is approved by Vatican, he will be joining the three “Our Lady Of Kibeho” girls in the local canon club. Alphonsine Mumureke, Anathalie Mukamazimpaka, and Marie Claire Mukangago aged 17, 20 and 21 respectively in the early 1980s have been credited for foretelling the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.