Pope Francis received this Saturday at the Vatican, Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, carrying a written message of King Mohammed VI to the Supreme Pontiff.
In addition to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ahmed Toufiq, Minister of Habous and Islamic Affairs, and Rajae Naji, ambassador to the Vatican, attended the audience.
It should be noted that on High Instructions of King Mohammed VI, a high-level Moroccan delegation took part this Saturday in the Vatican, in the Consistory held to mark the rise by Pope Francis of 13 new Cardinals, including Christobal Lopez Romero, who officiated until then as Archbishop of Rabat.
In a statement at the end of this hearing, Bourita said that “the royal message reiterated the satisfaction of His Majesty the King, Amir Al Mouminine, God help, the visit of Pope Francis to Morocco the 30 and March 31, 2019, a historic visit by its symbolic, its unfolding and its results”.
He affirmed that “the decision of Pope Francis to elevate the Archbishop of Rabat to the high dignity of Cardinal, intervenes in the continuation of the historical visit of the Sovereign Pontiff in the Kingdom and in the long term the convergence of the two Sovereigns on the ideals of active faith, of living together, of compassion, of co-knowledge and of service to the most deprived”.
Morocco, Bourita stressed, “is thus honored in these ceremonies, through the elevation of the Archbishop of Rabat, Mr. Cristobal Lopez Romero, who for more than ten years spent in Morocco, is imbued with an intimate knowledge of our country and its open and humanistic culture, and witnessed its moderate and tolerant Islam”.
“The Cardinal will certainly, within the College of Cardinals, bear not only a message of faith, but also a message of openness and co-knowledge,” added the Minister.