AFRICA/MOROCCO - The Church welcomes the Pope "with patience and joy"

Friday, 29 March 2019 youth   pope francis   local churches  

Rabat (Agenzia Fides) - "Patience and joy": these are the words that the Archbishop of Rabat, Mgr. Cristobal Lòpez Romero, addresses to the Moroccan people in view of the imminent visit of Pope Francis. "It takes a lot of patience, because an event of this magnitude exceeds all of us, it is very difficult to foresee everything: there are always aspects that do not work", reports the Archbishop in a note sent to Agenzia Fides.
"Let us try to have patience and understanding and and fully experience this precious moment. All of us, together with the local authorities, have done everything possible. The joy of our hearts, visible through our songs, our dances and our words, must make us fully enjoy this moment. We must listen to the message that Pope Francis gives us, which is the message of the Gospel. We see in him the presence of Jesus and we are in communion, close to the one who is the point of unity for the whole Church. The most important thing is to grasp the message of dialogue and encounter, of fraternity and peace, which Pope Francis brings with him. Through prayer, silence and even fasting, which our young people will live, now is the time to receive the Pope", concludes Mgr. Romero (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 29/3/2019)