Rabat, Morocco, Mar 30, 2019 / 11:46 am
Immigrants are an important part of the Church and she is aware of the ways they have and are suffering, Pope Francis said to a group of African migrants Saturday.
"You are not the marginalized; you are at the center of the Church's heart," the pope said March 30. "The Church is aware of the sufferings that accompany your journey and she suffers with you."
Francis is visiting Morocco March 30-31, where he met with a group of about 80 immigrants at the Caritas center of the Archdiocese of Rabat.
From several African countries, most of the immigrants present at the center for the pope's visit are only in Morocco temporarily while they wait to try to get to Europe. Caritas helps them with food and to find jobs and accommodation.