The Vatican unveiled, yesterday, the symbol of the visit of Pope Francis to Morocco. The Sovereign Pontiff will go to Rabat and Casablanca on March 30 and 31, 2019. “Servant of hope” is the theme chosen for this visit, which comes nearly 34 years after that of John Paul II.
“At the invitation of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and bishops, His Holiness Pope Francis will travel to Morocco for an apostolic journey from March 30 to 31, 2019. He will visit the cities of Rabat and Casablanca”, had announced the Holy See in a statement.
The Honorary Consul of Morocco in Polia, Italy, also announced that Pope Francis will visit Morocco.
In a statement to a local site, he confided that Moroccan diplomacy began preparations in collaboration with the Vatican for this visit, adding that it was King Mohammed VI himself who invited him through the representative of the quoted in Rabat.
The Consul added that Rabat has always been the crossroads of inter-religious dialogue and stressed that this visit of a Vatican Pope to Morocco is the second in history after that of 1985, when the Pope had gone to the kingdom, and had been received by King Hassan II.
The announcement of the Consul was made following his meeting with Archbishop Romeo Pavlovski, President of the 3rd Chamber at the Vatican Secretariat for Diplomatic Affairs.
Note that King Mohammed VI sent a letter a few weeks ago to Pope Francis where he reiterated the will of Morocco to continue its collaboration with the Vatican to anchor peace and dialogue in the world.