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Pope to visit Morocco in March

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Pope Francis is going to Morocco in March in what is expected to be a heavy year of foreign travel for the 81-year-old pontiff.

The Vatican on Tuesday confirmed the March 30-31 visit to Rabat and Casablanca.

Previously, there were rumors that Francis would travel to Marrakech next month to participate in the adoption of a new United Nations global compact on migration.

The March visit is likely to include a focus on migration, as well as relations between Christians and Muslims.


Francis has several trips under consideration for 2019, though Morocco is the first to be confirmed.

He is expected in Panama in January for World Youth Day. In addition, he has said he hopes to visit Japan, while a Madagascar cardinal says he’s expected there next year.

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