Fés (Agenzia Fides) - "If we wanted to symbolically represent the Catholic Church here in Morocco, it would look like a beautiful Sakura, the majestic tree that gives flowers in every season, and whose roots sink deep into the ground". Muriel Soubeiga is a Burkinabe university student working in the parish of St. Francis of Assisi managed by the Society for African Missions (SMA) in Fès. "We are these roots, young students, workers, interns - continues Muriel - who have come from many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and who now attend the Moroccan Church and make it live".
"The Synod brings us closer to one another, helps us to experience true communion within our community and makes us aware of the unity of our Catholic Church - said the student. Giving us young people the opportunity to speak and share our experiences, our stories, our faith, helps to consolidate the bonds of fraternity already present since we integrated into this Moroccan Church and society".
"We listened to the testimonies of people we thought we knew but, in reality, we realized that we only knew them superficially. The similarity of our stories, our profound encounter with Jesus Christ, in this country so far from ours, have been the focus on which we have strengthened our faith and our identity as Catholics. We are firmly convinced that this Synod will greatly influence the church in Morocco".
The first meeting of the parish with the presentation of the program was held on November, 21, 2021. Subsequently, in the course of 2022, the community met a second and a third time. "The program emphasized mutual trust, listening, sharing - concluded the Burkinabè student. Each group was called to submit a written report or a video at the end of the meeting, as indicated by the diocesan secretariat". (MS/AP) (Agenzia Fides, 8/4/2022)