- Jan 18, 2020
The Vatican’s number two official has confirmed he will attend the 2018 Migration Compact in Morocco.
With several key countries opting out of the December adoption of the United Nations global migration compact, including the United States and Italy, some have wondered whether Pope Francis’s absence from the meeting might have impacted how many countries are willing to sign.
On Tuesday the Vatican laid to rest months of rumor and speculation over a possible papal visit to Morocco, announcing that Pope Francis will travel to the North African nation in March of next year.
A former New Mexico priest, who fled the U.S. decades ago amid allegations of child sex abuse and once blamed his behavior on a cancer diagnosis which prosecutors say he didn’t have, is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.
A papal visit to Morocco for the adoption of the Global Compact on Migration could give it the booster shot it needs for success.
The two expulsions to Morocco involved a 25-year-old man who threw a 300-year-old wooden crucifix to the ground earlier this month inside a Venice church, and a 69-year-old man who burst into a church last year in Trentino, in northern Italy, and shouted abusive statements about Catholicism.