Morocco has opened its arms in welcome to Pope Francis, with most local media greeting the visit as an important milestone in the Muslim country's life. The Pope is also seen as consolidating Muslims after the Christchurch shootings in New Zealand.
By Paul Samasumo – Rabat, Morocco
Many Moroccan newspapers have Pope Francis' picture sprayed on the cover of their Saturday editions. 19659004] The event is seen by many Moroccans as a positive event. & Quot; Opinion & quot ;, a daily French speaking Moroccan newspaper, headed with the title & quot; Pope Francis Among Us & quot ;. The article finds many parallels between Pope Francis' visit to Morocco and the break of John Paul II's visit in August 1
A more interesting and touching angle is the fact that the newspaper sees Pope Francis as one who will comfort Muslim brothers and sisters after the Christchurch Mosque Shooting of New Zealand.
Many will undoubtedly remember the two consecutive terrorist attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, during Friday prayer on March 15, 2019. 50 people lost their lives in the attacks, while fifty others were injured. Sagittarius was a 28-year-old Australian man, described as a white supremacist.
Despite the terrible events in Christchurch, many articles in Moroccan newspaper say that it is possible for Christians and Muslims to exist in peace. 19659009] Al Bayane demands coexistence between Christians and Muslims
The Friday edition of French-language Al Bayane newspaper also required coexistence on the front page.
TV stations in Morocco have also removed Pope Francis' video message, which he sent prior to the visit (with Arabic subtitles). In his video, the Pope says he came to Morocco on "a pilgrimage for peace and fraternity, in a world that needs it."
Pope Francis noted that both Christians and Muslims believe in God the Merciful Creator "created men and women and laid them in the world so that they could live as brothers and sisters, respect each other's diversity and help each other in their needs . "He concluded by saying:" It will be a pleasure for me to share these beliefs directly with you at the meeting we want in Rabat. "
Almost all newspapers also refer to Pope Francis & # 39; concern for immigrants and portraying the Kingdom of Morocco as in accordance with the Pope on this issue.