Memorial service remembers genocide victims

Nyirabahire Cesaree, left, and Mukarugabira Laurence, sat in silence prior to the start of the Memorial Service for the Victims of Violence, War and Genocide in Africa April 16 at St. Thomas More Church

Nyirabahire Cesaree, left, and Mukarugabira Laurence, sat in silence prior to the start of the Memorial Service for the Victims of Violence, War and Genocide in Africa April 16 at St. Thomas More Church.

About 75 people gathered at St. Thomas More Church April 16 for the Memorial Service for the Victims of Violence, War and Genocide in Africa.

Songs, Scripture and prayers were read in a number of languages, including French, Kirundi, Swahili and English. Severin Barimungu, a native of Burundi, gave a testimony in French.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz and Father Philip Erickson, pastor of St. Thomas More, presided at the eighth annual interfaith service.

Immaculee Ndagiglimana, Angel Ingalsire and Estella Ndayizeye, from left, stand during the service.

Immaculee Ndagiglimana, Angel Ingalsire and Estella Ndayizeye, from left, stand during the service.

Essivi Ntchois, left, and Akiobessi Adjo, sang during the service.

Essivi Ntchois, left, and Akiobessi Adjo, sang during the service.

About 75 people gathered at St. Thomas More Church April 16 for the Memorial Service for the Victims of Violence, War and Genocide in Africa.

About 75 people gathered at St. Thomas More Church April 16 for the Memorial Service for the Victims of Violence, War and Genocide in Africa.

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