“To be a Cardinal gives me the opportunity to work much more for the Lord,” said the Archbishop of Kigali, Monsignor Antoine Kambanda, who is part of the 13 new Cardinals that Pope Francis will create during the Ordinary Consistory, scheduled for November 28. “If the Pope has appointed me Cardinal, it’s also thanks to the faith, the work, and the pastoral of the whole community,” added the Archbishop.
Monsignor Kambanda will be Rwanda’s first Cardinal, a fact he confirmed in an interview with “Vatican News” on October 25, 2020.
“I thank the Lord because He is the author of history, of history in general and of one’s personal history,” continued Monsignor Kambanda. He said it was “a great surprise” for him. “I never dreamt of being a Cardinal. It’s the Lord who has willed it.” “I love the Church; I like to work for the Church and that will give me the occasion to work much more for her,” added the future Cardinal.