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Pope Francis to travel to Morocco in March 2019

With this statement, the Vatican has announced that the pope accepts Moroccan King Mohamed VI's invitation to visit the country.

Pope Francis will travel to Rabat and Casablanca on March 30 and 31. It is an ambitious trip with two big issues on its agenda: migrations and relationship with Islam.

This country is the precise path that thousands of emigrants travel to try to reach Europe.

In addition, Morocco can be considered a moderate-Islamic country. Until just one year ago a ruling existed for the Higher Council of Ulema that punished apostasy, or leaving Islam, with the death penalty.

John Paul II traveled to Morocco in 1985. While in Casablanca he met 80,000 young Muslims and answered their questions. In Islam's 14 centuries of the history, a bishop of Rome has never entered into a similar encounter with Muslims.