Rome Newsroom, Jun 4, 2021 / 09:00 am
The archbishop of Rabat has launched a diocesan synod to encourage the small Catholic community in Morocco to more fully live out its mission of “encounter and dialogue.”
Cardinal Cristóbal López Romero told ACI Stampa, CNA’s Italian language news partner, that he believes Catholics in Morocco can do more to be “an outgoing Church” and live out Islamic-Christian dialogue in their daily lives in the 99% Sunni Muslim country.
“Ours is an unassuming Church -- we are less than 0.1% of the population -- but it seeks to be significant, and it desires to be a sign and sacrament of the Kingdom of God,” López Romero said in the interview published June 4.
“To live dialogue on a daily basis, the Christian must know and feel himself as the ‘sacrament of encounter,’” he said.
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.
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.