Saturday, March 30, 2019

From Rome to Morocco

This morning, aboard the flight to Morocco, the Holy Father conducted his usual meeting to greet the media officials who are accompanying him on this trip.

Beginning with a word of introduction offered by the Director ad interim of the Holy See Press Centre, Alessandro Gisotti, the Pope offered a few words.

Press Conference granted by His Holiness, Pope Francis
during the flight from Rome to Rabat

Alessandro Gisotti
Welcome, Holy Father; welcome all of you.  Welcome to our colleagues from Morocco who have joined us for this visit, the first visit of Pope Francis to your country.

Holy Father, the motto for this voyage is Servant of hope: It is good that it is taking place in a country where there is coexistence and brotherhood between Christians and Muslims, especially following the signing of the Document on Human Fraternity which took place in Abu Dhabi.

Pope Francis
Good morning to all of you.  Thank you for your company.  I hope that your work will be fruitful.  It will be tiring, I am sure, but I hope that it will also be fruitful.  They have told me that today we have two people who are celebrating their birthdays.  I don't know if we have cake but there are two of you; is it true?  Happy Birthday!  Thank you.

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