Pope Francis has visited Morocco, a predominantly Muslim state on 30th and 31st March 2019 calling on States to receive, protect and integrate migrants; “I was a stranger and you welcomed me” (Matthew 25:35).
Whilst in Morocco he met Migrants and Muslim leaders and said the Holy Mass for the Catholic community in that country.
Speaking at a General Audience on his return at the St. Peter’s Square in Rome to groups of pilgrims and faithful from Italy on April 3, 2019, the Pope said he visits Muslims and not just Catholics because they are also descendants of Abraham. He added that, there are many religions in the world because God has permitted it; and that this reality should only become a concern when we fail to live together in Harmony.
The Holy Father whilst in Morocco met with the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, and they both confirmed the role of religion in defending human dignity and promoting peace, justice, the care of Creation; our common home. They further signed a special appeal for the preservation of Jerusalem, so that the Holy City remains a patrimony of humanity and a place of peaceful encounter, especially for the faithful of the three monotheist religions.