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Our Lady of Kibeho: Mary Speaks to the World from the Heart of Africa Hardcover – November 28, 2008

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No matter what your race, religion, political affiliation, or personal belief system, you will be inspired by Our Lady of Kibeho - a true story of the power of faith and the great potential for forgiveness. -- John Fund The Wall Street Journal The redeeming love of the Blessed Mother lives on in Kibeho and is here for the world to discover. Immaculee has captured that love in Our Lady of Kibeho. If you read this book, it will change your life. -- Father Leszek Czelusniak, The Director Of The Marian Formation Center "Cana" In Kibeho, Rwanda

About the Author

Immaculée Ilibagiza was born in Rwanda and studied electronic and mechanical engineering at the National University. She lost most of her family during the 1994 genocide. Four years later, she emigrated to the United States and began working at the United Nations in New York City. She is now a full-time public speaker and writer. In 2007 she established the Left to Tell Charitable Fund, which helps support Rwandan orphans.

Immaculée holds honorary doctoral degrees from The University of Notre Dame and Saint John’s University, and was awarded The Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Reconciliation and Peace 2007. She is the author, with Steve Erwin, of LEFT TO TELL: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House; 1st edition (November 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140192378X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401923785
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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104 of 105 people found the following review helpful By annie VINE VOICE on November 29, 2008
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Our Lady of Kibeho is a well-written account of the visionaries of Kibeho and their apparitions. This book relates the stories of eight visionaries who the Blessed Mother and/or Jesus appeared to. Our Lady of Kibeho is the first and only Vatican-approved Marian site in all of Africa. To date the Church has authenticated the visions of three of these eight visionaries, Alphonsine, Anathalie, and Marie-Claire. While thousands of people witnessed the apparitions of the other five, at this time the Church has not investigated these.

Most of the apparitions were beautiful and peaceful. They describe the Blessed Mother as bathed in soft light, wearing a dress that must have been made by angels. Her skin shines like polished ivory, but it isn't white or black. There simply are not words to describe her beauty. There were other apparitions, however, of rivers of blood, destruction, torture and tree exploding into flames. The Blessed Mother was warning the people of the horror that awaited Rwanda.

Three of the visionaries experienced mystical journeys through time and space in which they were given glimpses of heaven and hell. These accounts are very special to read.

Included in this book are prayers and instructions for saying the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows, which the Blessed Mother taught to Marie-Claire and asked her to reintroduce to the world.

If you have read Immaculee Ilibagiza's other books, you won't want to miss this one. I highly recommend this book to all Catholics, especially those devoted to Mary.
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Timothy J. Van Damm on December 16, 2008
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Our Lady of Kibeho is a fantastic book! Immaculee Ilibagiza tells the story of the only Vatican approved apparitions on the continent of Africa. The style of this book is very similar to Immaculee's first two books, Left to Tell and Led by Faith. She give a very personal account of how the apparitions in Kibeho shaped her faith.

Immaculee draws on personal interviews with some of the surviving visionaries and members of the medical and theological Vatican commisions. She also tells her own personal witness from her times assisting during the apparitions.

I've read a number of books on apparitions but none as personal and inspiring as Our Lady of Kibeho. I highly recommend this to Catholics, Christians, and anyone who is open minded enough to say, "If Mary and/or Jesus is truly appearing on this earth, what are they saying. Why is it relevant to me?"
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By M. English on January 6, 2009
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I purchased three copies of this book and my family took them all from me at Christmas and are asking for more copies. This book brought me closer to our Mother Mary. I read a lot of religious books and found this one to open my heart and speek to me in my need to pray and live a more devout life. It brought faith closer to home. I LOVE this book and would recommend it highly. It is an easy read.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Leticia Velasquez on March 3, 2009
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Anyone of the millions of readers of Immaculee Ilibagiza's New York Times bestselling book, "Left to Tell" in which she relates the terrifying ordeal she endured, hiding in a tiny bathroom with 7 women, while the Rwandan genocide raged outside, is left with a burning question; where did she find the strength to endure those 90 days of torment? Her latest book, Our Lady of Kibeho is Immaculee's answer to that question, as well as a personal account of the only Church-approved Marian apparition in Africa.

No one who knew Immaculee as little girl would have predicted her role in the genocide and its aftermath: Immaculee had an idyllic Catholic childhood. Raised in a picturesque village in the mountains of Rwanda, her devout parents, Rose and Leonard were teachers, and were widely respected. Immaculee's earliest memory is of being rocked in her mother's arms as she prayed the rosary. The young Immaculee lived a holy life of prayer, study and innocent play until at age 11, when she was confronted by a crisis of faith. Not wanting to burden her loving family with her questions, Immaculee suffered silently until the day her doubts were put to rest forever, when her teacher told her the story of Our Lady of Fatima.
The story of three shepherd children from Portugal visited by the Queen of Heaven captivated Immaculee's imagination, and she convinced her friend Jeanette and her brother Fabrice to climb a local hilltop each day to tend their goats, where they prayed fervently for Our Lady to appear to them. Eventually the children grew discouraged and gave up their efforts, and were thrilled to hear, not a week later that Our Lady did appear to a young woman in Rwanda, in a convent school in a remote town named Kibeho.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By T. Zink on December 29, 2008
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I picked this up from the library and read it in one night and want to share it with others. It's message is simple: Mary Loves us personally and wants to bring us to her Son. We can draw closer through reconciliation and prayer - especially the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows. In a society in which people are frequently isolated, it is refreshing to read of African family customs, prayer and communal pilgrimages. It is marvelous to hear that thousands dropped everything and turned out to hear a visionary. Hopefully the developed nations can learn the importance of family and faith from its 'undeveloped' neighbors. This Vatican approved apparition deserves wider attention.
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