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Tuesday 8 October 2019

Foreign Minister : Following Pope Francis' Visit to Morocco, the Kingdom is Honored at Elevation Ceremony of 13 New Cardinals

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 Foreign Minister : Following Pope Francis' Visit to Morocco, the Kingdom is Honored at Elevation Ceremony of 13 New Cardinals

On High Instructions from HM King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, a high-level Moroccan delegation took part, on Saturday at the Vatican, in the Consistory held to mark the elevation by Pope Francis of 13 new Cardinals, including Christobal Lopez Romero, who until then served as Archbishop of Rabat.

The Moroccan delegation was composed of minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, Ahmed Toufiq, and HM the King's ambassador to the Vatican, Rajae Naji.

During an audience granted to the Moroccan delegation on this occasion, a written message sent by HM King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, was handed to Pope Francis.

In a statement to MAP at the end of the audience, Bourita said that "the royal message reiterates the satisfaction of HM the King, Commander of the Faithful, with the visit of Pope Francis to Morocco on 30-31 March 2019, a historic visit by its symbolism, its course and its results".

He affirmed that "Pope Francis' decision to elevate the Archbishop of Rabat to the high dignity of Cardinal comes in the wake of the Pope's historic visit to the Kingdom, and enshrines in the long term the convergence of the two leaders on the ideals of active faith, living together, compassion, co-knowledge and service to the most deprived".

Morocco, Bourita went on, "is thus honored in these ceremonies, through the elevation of the Archbishop of Rabat, Cristobal Lopez Romero, who, for more than ten years spent in Morocco, possesses an intimate knowledge of our country and its open and humanist culture, and has witnessed its moderate and tolerant Islam".

"The Cardinal will certainly know, within the College of Cardinals, how to carry not only a message of faith, but also a message of openness and co-knowledge," added the minister.

MAP 05 October 2019