Morocco’s cardinal: Christians should be a ‘sacrament of encounter’ for Muslim neighbors

The Spanish-born cardinal said that he convened the synod because “the whole local Church must ask itself how to concretely live its mission.”

“Our Church is a Church of encounter and dialogue. Yet, although we have made a good start, we can do much more,” he said.

“For example, how to live Islamic-Christian dialogue after the pope’s visit, after Fratelli tutti, after the document of the Universal Fraternity signed by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam al Tayyeb?”

In March 2019, Pope Francis visited the Moroccan capital, Rabat, where he signed an “Appeal for Jerusalem” with the Moroccan King Mohammed VI. The joint declaration called for Jerusalem to be preserved as a peaceful place of encounter for the three monotheistic religions.

“Thanks to this visit, the interest in our Church and the respect and appreciation for it increase day by day,” López Romero said.

“The authorities and the Moroccan people take an interest in us and systematically ask for our participation in interreligious meetings.”

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