Pope Francis arrived in Morocco on Saturday afternoon for an official visit to the Kingdom, at the invitation of King Mohammed VI.
On his arrival at Rabat-Salé airport, the Pope was greeted by the Sovereign who was accompanied by Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan and Prince Moulay Rachid.
After receiving a bouquet of flowers from the hands of two children as a sign of welcome, the Pope reviewed a guard of honor from the Royal Guard, before being greeted by the Archbishop of Rabat, Cristobal Lopez Romero.
At the entrance to the Royal Salon at Rabat-Salé Airport, King Mohammed VI invited his illustrious guest to the traditional ceremony of offering milk and dates.
After a break at the Salon Royal, the processions of Pope Francis and the king went to the esplanade of the Hassan Mosque in Rabat where an official welcome will be reserved for the Head of the Catholic Church.
The inhabitants of the cities of Salé and Rabat, all confessions, have gathered along the route taken by the processions of the king and the Pope to express their joy on this great day at the beginning of this visit of the Sovereign Pontiff to Morocco, a visit that celebrates the singularity of the Kingdom as a land of coexistence, encounter, tolerance and interaction between Muslims and followers of other religions.
The main arteries of the two twin cities were flagged, on this occasion, flags of the Kingdom of Morocco and the Vatican State.