Vatican: Cardinal Pietro Parolin Highlights HM the King’s Efforts to Promote Interreligious Dialogue

10 February 2024
Cardinal and Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin leads the Ash Wednesday mass which opens Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for Christians before Holy Week and Easter, at the Santa Sabina church in Rome on March 2, 2022. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP) (Photo by TIZIANA FABI/AFP via Getty Images)

Vatican City

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State for the Holy See, praised the efforts of HM King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, in promoting tolerance and inter-religious dialogue.

Speaking at a reception hosted by the Moroccan Embassy in the Vatican on Wednesday evening, following his appointment as an honorary member of the Kingdom’s Academy, the cardinal highlighted the “warm and sincere relations” between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Vatican.

Cardinal Parolin expressed his “great satisfaction and gratitude” at being chosen as an honorary member of this esteemed institution.

He emphasized the mission of the Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco as a significant scientific institution, contributing to the intellectual, scientific, and cultural advancement of the country. He also stressed its role in promoting national identity components, disseminating universal values and principles, and fostering dialogue between cultures and civilizations.

Highlighting the Academy’s global outreach through international meetings, the Holy See official underscored its role in building civilizational bridges and enhancing mutual cultural understanding.

Moroccan Ambassador to the Holy See, Rajae Naji Mekkaoui, emphasized that this Royal appointment reaffirms the Sovereign’s commitment to strengthening the longstanding relations between Morocco and the Vatican. She also highlighted the shared goals of promoting universal values such as peace, tolerance, protection of the family, addressing migration and climate change, sustainable development, poverty alleviation, and multilateralism.

“The inclusion of eminent personalities and intellectual and scientific talents from around the world in the prestigious Academy of the Kingdom reflects Morocco’s historic role as a hub of dialogue between the West and the East and a constant conduit for communication between diverse civilizations,” noted the diplomat.

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