On the first day of his visit to Morocco, Pope Francis joins King Mohammed VI in signing an appeal for Jerusalem, calling it “the common patrimony of humanity”.
The Appeal reads:
On the occasion of the visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Kingdom of Morocco, His Holiness and His Majesty King Mohammed VI, recognizing the unique and sacred character of Jerusalem / Al-Quds Acharif, and deeply concerned for its spiritual significance and its special vocation as a city of peace, join in making the following appeal:
Common patrimony of humanity
“We consider it important to preserve the Holy City of Jerusalem / Al-Quds Acharif as the common patrimony of humanity and especially the followers of the three monotheistic religions, as a place of encounter and as a symbol of peaceful coexistence, where mutual respect and dialogue can be cultivated.
To this end, the specific multi-religious character, the spiritual dimension and the particular cultural identity of Jerusalem / Al-Quds Acharif must be protected and promoted.
“It is our hope, therefore, that in the Holy City, full freedom of access to the followers of the three monotheistic religions and their right to worship will be guaranteed, so that in Jerusalem / Al-Quds Acharif they may raise their prayers to God, the Creator of all, for a future of peace and fraternity on the earth.”
Visit to Mausoleum
On the same day, after visiting the tombs of the rulers of Morocco in Rabat Pope Francis signed the Book of Honour where he prayed for Morocco and the growth of brotherhood and solidarity between Christians and Muslims.
Pope Francis walked to the nearby Mausoleum of Mohammed V, a white marble building with green tiled roof.
Alongside the King and several officials with whom he had a long dialogue, the Holy Father visited the tombs of Mohammed V, considered the father of modern Morocco, and Hassan II.
He placed a floral tribute at the tombs, stood for a moment in silent prayer before proceeding to a table to sign the Book of Honour to mark his Morocco visit.
“On the occasion of my visit to this Mausoleum, I invoke Almighty God for the prosperity of the Kingdom of Morocco, asking Him to make brotherhood and solidarity between Christians and Muslims grow!” the Pope wrote, urging for prayers for him.
The official in charge of the Mausoleum gifted the Pope a memento and a book on the history of the tomb.