Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – The Catholic Pope Francois has accepted the Moroccan King Mohammed VI’s invitation to visit the Sharifian Kingdom, sources said Wednesday.
The Pope’s visit is intended to highlight the plight of Sub-Saharan African migrants given the geostrategic position of the Kingdom of Morocco to Europe, a statement by the Vatican said.
Since his ascendancy to the helm of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis himself a son of immigrant families, has insisted that the fundamental rights and dignity of immigrants “need to be protected and defended.”
“I would like to point out that the issue of migration is not simply one of numbers, but of persons, each with his or her own history, culture, feelings and aspirations,” the pope said.
Pope Francis will visit Morocco from 30 to 31 March 2019 and will spend some time in Rabat and Casablanca.
Even though no details have been made public about the Pope’s agenda, it is believed that he will visit the enclosure of Ceuta and Melilla which is the controversial border between Morocco and Spain.
Thousands of African asylum-seekers have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea while attempting to reach Europe over the past decade while thousands more have been able to reach their destinations via Morocco.
The Pope’s visit is further expected to help proffer moral solutions to the illegal migration from Africa to Europe as the European Union is working out a political solution to the problem.
© Bur-csa – A.H – N.A / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV)