In Morocco “We have reaffirmed the essential role of religions in defending human dignity and promoting peace, justice and the protection of creation,” said Pope Francis on Wednesday (April 3rd) in a General audience held at St.Peter’s Square in Rome.
Returning to his recent apostolic journey to Morocco, and especially to the importance of interreligious dialogue with Muslims, Pope Francis stressed that “We must not be afraid of difference: God has allowed this. We must be afraid if we do not do this work of brotherhood”.
According to the Vatican information website, the Pope recalled that this 28th apostolic journey was made in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi and St. John Paul II, to be “servant of hope”.
“Serving hope means building bridges between civilizations,” said the Pope, who spoke of “his joy at having been able to do so with King Mohammed VI, whose friendship and closeness he praised,” said Vatican News.
“We have reaffirmed the essential role of religions in defending human dignity and promoting peace, justice and the protection of creation,” he said before quoting The call of Al-Quds signed with the Sovereign.
The Sovereign Pontiff then went through the main stages of this visit to Morocco where he went to the Mohammed V mausoleum, to the training institute for imams, preachers and preachers, or to the Caritas center, which helps people migrant. He also spoke of his meeting with the Christian community he wanted to encourage, Vatican News said.