Satisfied with his visit to Morocco, the pope dedicated his weekly “General Audience” to speaking about the memorable trip.
Vatican News shared the statement the pope delivered during his General Audience on Wednesday, in which he expressed his thanks to Moroccans and King Mohammed VI. The pope gives a General Audience to visitors at the Vatican every Wednesday while he is in Rome.
“Last Saturday and Sunday, I completed an Apostolic Journey to Morocco, and I thank His Majesty King Mohammed VI and the other authorities, for their warm welcome.”
The pope also thanked God for allowing him to “to take yet another step along the road of dialogue and encounter with our Muslim brothers and sisters, as a ‘Servant of hope’ in today’s world.”
Pope Francis also said it was a joy and honor to visit “the noble Kingdom of Morocco” as well as meeting with its people and senior Moroccan senior officials.
“King Mohammed and I reiterated the essential role religions have in defending human dignity, promoting peace and justice, and in caring for creation, our common home.”
The pope recalled that migration challenges were the center of his visit.
“I was table to thank the Church in Morocco for its commitment towards migrants, and to encourage those who give generous service in realizing the words of Christ.”
The pope also mentioned his Catholic mass at the Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, which gathered thousands of people.
With King Mohammed VI, the pope also spoke about tolerance and coexistence between the three Abrahamic religions.
Pope Francis said during his General Audience that “with Muslims, we are descendants of the same father, Abraham.”
The pope visited Morocco March 30-31.