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Our Lady of Kibeho: Mary Speaks to the World from the Heart of Africa

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Thirteen years before the bloody 1994 genocide that swept across Rwanda and left more than a million people dead, the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ appeared to eight young people in the remote village of Kibeho. Through these visionaries, Mary and Jesus warned of the looming holocaust, which (they assured) could be averted if Rwandans opened their hearts to God and embraced ...more
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Published November 28th 2008 by Hay House
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Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though I tend to be hesitant about mystics and miracles, it intruiged me that one of the few Vatican approved Marian apparitions took place in a little town in Rwanda. I thought that the prophecies of the genocide were convincing, and I was familiar with Immaculée from EWTN and her book Left to Tell about her experiences of the Rwandan genocide. I expected it to be a good story, but I didn't expect it to delight me like it did. I've had some emotional reservations about Marian devotion, but ...more
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The sole African Marian apparition approved by the Catholic Church, the first time Mary appeared to a young person in Kibeho was 13 years before the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. She appeared to at least 8 young people, girls and boys, and Jesus appeared also, at least to one young man, which was connectedt to the Kibeho appearances. 3 of these 8 have been officially approved; there might be more than 8, but they have remained unknown to most.

Although Mary talked about people needing to mend their wa
When the Rwandan massacre happened I was only vaguely aware of it, my happy little world revolved around two lively toddlers. Reading about it years later I wept bitterly. Eventually I learned about Immaculee Ilibagiza, weeks spent hiding in a bathtub emerging to discover her whole family slaughtered; suddenly the horror became even more intensely personal. But it wasn’t until recently when I became familiar with the devotion known as The Seven Sorrows Rosary that I made a concerted effort to le ...more
Jun 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Immaculée Ilibagiza has done it again. She has captured hearts and minds with her truly amazing book. I was so entranced by its story and the author's deep and trusting love for the Blessed Mother that I still find myself thinking about it several days since I've finished reading it. And I pray that I will take its lessons to heart.

Our Lady of Kibeho is an approved Marian apparition site in a tiny, obscure village on the edge of Rwanda. The Virgin Mary appeared to 3 school girls in Kibeho, one b
Feb 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Catholics
Shelves: catholic
I haven't read any of Immaculee Ilibagiza other books. In this book she relates how Our Lady appeared to Rwandans about ten years before the massacre to warn them about it. The apparitions have been approved by the Catholic Church. Rwanda is the most Catholic nation in Africa, about 60% Catholic. Rwandans flocked to Kibeho but unfortunately, like people at Lourdes and Fatima, appeared to be more interested in the miraculous goings-on than in the message of repentance. The book is worth reading j ...more
Sep 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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(I thought I already wrote a review! Where did it go? Oh well, here I go again.)

Immaculee Ilibagiza is the young woman, you may remember, who survived the Rwanda genocide by hiding in a cramped bathroom with 7 other women for 91 days. She is a remarkable woman, deeply spiritual and full of faith. In this book she details the apparitions of Mary in Kibeho that were ongoing during her childhood. The visionaries were warned of the upcoming horrors. Indeed, several of the visionaries themselves woul
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! I read this book right after "Led by Faith," the one that came before this one. Both were excellent, but this one took me by surprise. I didn't know what to expect but she tells it from a very personal viewpoint, starting from when she was a little girl wishing Our Lady would appear to her and her friend. Ever since that time she was drawn to Mary and ached to visit Kibeho when the apparations there began. A very powerful account of what became a faith revival in that area, nicely told ...more
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
How did I not know there were Vatican approved apparitions of Mary in Rwanda?!? This is Immaculee Ilibagiza's third book about the Rwandan genocide. She is always inspiring and uplifting. I find it very hard to put her books down and come back to reality. If you have not read her previous two books about surviving the genocide, do it now! Her story deserves and needs to be heard. If you have read the other two, don't pass on this one. It is a bit different since it's not an actual biography, but ...more
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: borrowed, np-library, 2013
This was a great exposition of the recent (1980's through early 2000's) Marian apparitions in Africa. The authenticity and personal details shared were very moving.

I would encourage anyone interested in Marian apparitions to read. It is a truly amazing story.

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
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I chose to read Our Lady Of Kibeho as my fifth Rwandan WorldReads book because I wanted something that showed there's more to this country than the 1994 genocide which has become synonymous with Rwanda. Discovering the events which occurred at an isolated rural village, Kibeho, thirteen years earlier allowed me this. I'm not Catholic, or religious in any way, myself, but I was still amazed that I had never previously heard of Kibeho. After al
Jane Lebak
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book covers six months of intensive visions of Jesus and Mary by several visionaries in Rwanda in 1982, toward the end of which Mary predicted the 1994 genocides if people didn't let go of their hatred and if the {Hutu} government didn't change its extremist treatment of the minority Tutsi tribe.

Overall the messages are gentle, kind, eminently Christian -- and yet there aren't enough of them in the text. I was dissatisfied with the way the story unfolded because it felt more like something
Christina  Costain
Nov 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was amazing. I've read Immaculee's first book and have her second yet to read. I loved hearing the story behind the apparitions. This book encouraged and bolstered my faith and my belief in our blessed Mother's constant care and concern for us here. I've already passed this on and can't recommend enough.
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I'm amazed that no one talks about the genocide in Rwanda during the 1990s. And I'm amazed that the Catholics I know never talk about the Marian apparitions that occurred before the genocide.

Catholic Church has approved the apparitions.
Mary Rubega
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
In 1994, within 100 days over 800,000 people were massacred. In 1981 Mother Mary, Jesus’s mother, appeared to three students at Kibeho High School pleading that people change their ways. The “Mother of Sorrows” wept because her messages were not heeded.(There were more visionaries, but much was lost in the genocide.) The book details how tape recordings of the apparitions were played in remote villages and on the government owned radio. Word of them spread and it was common for tens of thousands ...more
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
While I liked it, I can't rave about it. I guess I just expected more theology, or more detailed accounts of the apparitions, or more detail of the lives of the visionaries after the apparitions.

That being said, I'm relieved there wasn't much detail on the horrors of the Holocaust in 1994. I suppose that's all the followup necessary.

Another question I have is, am I the only one who questioned the veracity of Marie-Claire's visions? If the Church did the research and found them to be true, that s
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful story accounting the apparitions beheld by three young school girls. Apparitions of the Virgin Mary warning the people to change their ways before the genocide began.

I really enjoyed this book because it really made me understand what an apparition might be like and how utterly amazing they are!!!

I recommend this to anyone who is catholic and is trying to have a deeper understanding of apparitions! I also recommend any books by immaculee ilabagiza!
Apr 18, 2010 rated it liked it
Ilibagiza's personal account of the appearances of the Virgin Mary to teenagers and young adults in Rwanda in the eighties. Very interesting introduction to these little-known appearances of Mary. However, the story is told more in relation to the writer's own experience and faith than to that of Rwanda and the genocide.
Jul 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous book about the apparitions in Rwanda. Beautiful portrayal of Our Blessed Mother's tender love and compassion for all of her children. It makes me want to read more about Our Lady and grow closer to her, too.

In Jesus Through Mary!
Melissa Erin
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading this again! I could read it a dozen times and still love it. Our Lady of kibeho, pray for us!!

This book is beautiful and excellently written. If you are interested in Mary and what she has done in the world, this is a must read.
May 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I am not skeptical. It happened. It will happen again.
Mar 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book was well researched and presented. I felt like I was present during the apparitions and I felt close to the people involved. Immaculee does it again! I can't wait for her next one.
Apr 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Immacuulee tells this wonderful story with a simple and sweet style. Kibeho is now on my must see location in my travels.
Sara Reimer
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Immaculee Ilibagiza describes her Catholic childhood in Rwanda. She lived a holy life of prayer, and faith until she was age 11.She started to doubt God’s existence, Bible stories, and Heaven. But all that changed when one of her favorite teachers told her about Our Lady of Fatima. The story of Lucia dos Santos, Francisco Marto, and Jacinta deeply captivated Immaculee. Later she and her friend Jeanette and her brother Fabrice climbed a local hilltop each da to tend their goats, where they prayed ...more
Oscar Acevedo
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talk about having strong Faith. I can definitely learn a lot from Immaculèe. I hope I get to meet her one day.
Angelique Kilmer
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very easy read to pick up and put down, very well written and awe inspiring.
j e n n a
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2019
Loved this! I was so surprised to learn about everything that happened in Kibeho for the first time through this book. I’m sad to have been ignorant of it until now.
Feb 10, 2012 added it
Recommended to Patricia by: I became interested in reading it because I also read Left to Tell by Immaculee.
I thought I was aware of most of the appearances of Mary throught the world but had never heard of Kibeho. The story is siimply conveyed and inspiring. In a troubled world, it is uplifting to read a book that both inspires and gives hope. Immaculee Ilibagiza actually visited Kibeho during the 1980's when the visionaries received apparitions from the Virgin Mary. During the apparitions, the children received information about the Rowandan holocaust to follow in 1994.Only three places in the world ...more
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've always been interested in Marian apparitions but I am also skeptical and only learn about ones that are approved by the church. Our Lady of Kibeho is an approved apparition and is a touching look into the trials of the people of Rwanda. OL of Kibeho came 12 years before the genocides to warn the people of Rwanda to stop their discriminatory ways and to focus on God. She even allowed one of the visionaries to see some of the carnage that was to come. Many of the people didn't listen and the ...more
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: borrowed
While this is Immaculee's 3rd book, it is the first one of hers that I have read. I had the opportunity to hear her at a conference earlier this month, and it was amazing. She has an incredible story to tell, which is detailed in her first book, "Left to Tell". I am told that once you start, you can't put it down. Our Lady of Kibeho gave some insight into the story she shared at the conference. If you have any interest in current (or more recent) Marian apparitions, this is worth reading. Our La ...more
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Inspirational and beautiful stories of miracles. Lovely people in such remote and undeveloped areas that show how strong faith can be and how it inspires the heart. I would love to meet Immaculee, she is inspiring. Am now reading her book Left to Tell and it is heart wrenching but beautifully written. This book is about a happier time in Immaculee's young life before the horrendous genocide took place in Rwanda in 1994. It explains her deep faith that supported her thru the tragedy of losing fam ...more
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Today Immaculée is regarded as one of world's leading speakers on peace, faith, and forgiveness. She has shared her universal message with world dignitaries, school children, multinational corporations, churches, and at many conferences. Immaculée works hard to spread her message and to raise money for her Left to Tell Charitable Fund which directly benefits the children orphaned by the genocide.


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