The people of Morocco on Saturday defiled the heavy downpour to welcome Pope Francis to their country.
The Pope was received at the Rabat Sale Airport by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, King of Morocco and was immediately driven to the Esplanade Mauaoleum where a grand reception had been organised for him.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the excited crowd on sighting the Pope stood up with cheers and admiration for the HOLY SEE who was visiting Morocco for the first time.
NAN reports that more than 100 Imams, government officials, students, Christians, Muslims, migrants, local and international journalists among others attended the reception.
In spite of the heavy downpour which began as early as 9 a.m. people started arriving the venue to enable them secure seats at vantage position so they could have a glimpse of the Pope.
Security was very tight as both the Moroccan Police and Army had barricaded all routes leading to venue of the reception few days to the Pope’s visit.
Journalists were not allowed to enter venue of the reception with their cell phones, cameras, laptops and other gadgets as they were collected from them at the entrance.
Only six International Press were allowed inside the venue of the reception with their equipment and other gadgets.
Pope Francis who spoke in the Spanish language, commended His Majesty, King of Morocco and his people for accepting and being hospitable to migrants.
NAN reports that the Pope who was on a two-day visit to Morocco met with the government officials on the need to accept migrants
The Pope also visited the Mohammed VI Institute where Imams, male and female are being trained on the tenets of Islam.
Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church and Sovereign of the Vatican City State was born as Jorge Mario Bergoglio on Dec. 17, 1936 in Buenos Aires
He chose the name Francis as his papal name in honour of Saint Francis of Assisi.
He was ordained a priest in 1969 and became Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998.