- Dec 5, 2019
Pope Francis wanted to go to Morocco in December to draw attention to the need for international cooperation in assisting migrants and in alleviating the situations that force people to seek a better life outside their homeland.
Morocco’s bishops say migration issues will top the agenda when Pope Francis visits the country that is a key transit point for migrants trying to reach Europe.
Pope Francis will travel to Morocco March 30-31 as a “servant of hope” to encourage the country’s small Catholic community, the migrants hosted there and all people of goodwill, said Archbishop Cristobal Lopez Romero of Rabat, the nation’s capital.
Pope Francis will meet with migrants in Morocco and visit a training institute for imams that seeks to be a bulwark against Islamic extremism during his March 30-31 visit to the North African nation.
There’s a strong case that Islam has – or, at least, should have – replaced Judaism as the Church’s paradigmatic interfaith relationship, which suggests the need for a new model of interreligious dialogue.
Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, said the Church must do “everything possible and even the impossible” to fight clerical abuse.