A married couple killed at the start of the 1994 Rwandan genocide is moving one step closer to canonization
The diocesan inquiry into the lives of Cyprien and Daphrose Rugumba concluded last week. If canonized, the couple will become the first Rwandan saints.
The couple is known for their humanitarian efforts and their work with the Emmanuel Community, which is promoting their story.
Cyprien studied at a Catholic seminary as a young man. However, he was scandalized by some of the behavior of the seminarians there and discouraged by encountering anti-Catholic philosophers. He left the seminary and fell away from the Catholic faith, going on to establish a successful career working for the Rwandan government to preserve traditional art. He became well known for his own artistic works, as a renowned poet and composer.
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