Head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis has commended the government and people of Morocco for accepting and being hospitable to migrants. The Pope gave the commendation at a grand reception organized for him during his two days visit to Morocco, at the Esplanade Mausoleum in Rabat, Vanguard reports. He assured migrants that the church was aware and shared in their sufferings, adding that the issue of migration cannot be resolved by building high walls or denying assistance to those who legitimately aspire to a better life for themselves and their families. The Holy Father said, “This is because we know that true peace comes through the pursuit of social justice which indispensable for correcting the economic imbalances and political unrest that is causing conflicts and threatening the whole of humanity.” Stressing the need for dialogue in resolving religious conflicts and other crises by leaders of countries, he said, “If we wish to build a society that is open, fraternal and respectful of differences, it is vital to foster the culture of dialogue and adhere to it unfailingly. “We need to adopt mutual cooperation as our code of conduct and reciprocal understanding as our way of life. We are called to pursue this path tirelessly in our effort to help each other overcome tensions and misunderstandings, cliches and stereotypes that penetrate fear and opposition,” the Pope said.
By: Anne Clement Bassey