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“Relations with Muslims in accepted are actual good: we Christians are admired and looked aloft with sympathy. We generally allotment relationships of aboveboard friendship. There are about some bodies who are affronted by our presence, but overall, we are blessed with the affection of coexistence with Muslims. The authorities are additionally actual alert and affable appear us”. With these words the Salesian Cristobal Lopez Romero, Abbey of Rabat, begins his story: 66-year-old Spaniard, he acclimatized his admiral in Paraguay, Spain, Bolivia and Morocco where, from 2003 to 2010, he was archdiocese priest in Kenitra and directed the bounded Salesian school. On 29 December 2017, he was called to advance the area of Rabat.
The Baron and the Abbot
On the day of his access into the area Baron Mohammed VI capital to accelerate his own representative, the bounded governor. Subsequently the abbey was accustomed “with amazing kindness” by the abbot for religious affairs. In Morocco, a country area adoration is captivated in aerial regard, this is one of the best important departments. “The abbot – who consistently sends a admiring letter of acceptable wishes to Christians at Christmas and Easter – bidding his 18-carat admiration to authorize with me the aforementioned affable and affable relations that accept apprenticed him to my predecessor”, Father Lopez recounts. “The absorption aloof by the Baron and the Abbot are baby but important signs that affirm to the will bidding by the accomplished authorities of Morocco to advance acceptable relations with Christians”.
A baby army of foreigners
The Moroccans (37 million) are Sunni Muslims of Malachite rite, which the abbey calls “very moderate”. The Catholics, all foreigners, represent a actual baby boyhood and are headed by two dioceses: that of Tangier, the smallest, and that of Rabat, whose area is as ample as Italy: 33 actor bodies alive there. In this area there are 15 parishes, 32 priests (of whom 17 are religious of altered congregations and 14 are fidei donum), and a hundred religious. The Catholics, of about 100 nationalities, are 25/30 thousand, with an boilerplate age of 35 years: a actual abundant aculation is fabricated up of adolescent bodies from sub-Saharan countries who appear to Morocco to study: for them universities are chargeless and they can additionally calculation on UNESCO scholarships. A additional group, appropriately numerous, is represented by foreigners who ignment in address or businesses. Then there are the abounding migrants from the sub-Saharan countries who try to adeptness the European coasts and the women who affiliated Moroccan Muslims. Every year abounding affectionate (25-30%) leave the area and are replaced by others who come: “Our Church – the abbey says – is in connected change and renewal: in some means this involves some difficulties, but uredly we are a ociation that does not run the accident of laying aback or closing down”.
Freedom of censor
In this country Islam is the State religion: “The baron has the appellation of “Commander of the faithful” and in this capacity, has the ignment of additionally attention Christians and Jews”, explains Father Lopez. “We Christians can advisedly acknowledge our acceptance and the acceptable groups that characterize Catholic communities are present in our parishes. However, we accept a limitation: accessible announcement of the acceptance is prohibited: processions, for example, are alone acceptable in places of worship. Proselytizing is additionally prohibited. In the acreage of abandon of censor article is moving, abnormally aural bosh circles. In theory, a Moroccan can advisedly accept his or her own religion, the law does not forbid them, yet ociation would apparently accomplish a abandoned about them”.
The chat of activity
In Morocco, there are no commissions committed accurately to inter-religious dialogue, yet a abounding and active chat with Muslims does exists. It develops on four levels, the abbey emphasizes: “The aboriginal level, which I accede the best important and involves everyone, is what I alarm the “dialogue of life” that is “proximity”, the alternate compionate that binds Christian and Muslim bodies in circadian life, I ane for archetype of the solid friendships built-in in universities amid sub-Saharan Christian acceptance and their Muslim aeon or the acceptable relations that are accustomed in the workplace”.
The additional akin apropos the abounding forms of accord that – through ociations, schools, accessible and clandestine insutions – are accustomed amid Christians and Muslims, committed to alive ancillary by ancillary for animal rights, the advance of women, education, health, the action adjoin adolescent labor. In the area of Rabat, for example, there are fif Catholic schools with 12,000 acceptance and 800 teachers. The directors, Christians and Muslims, drew up an important educational activity together: “Jesus is not absolutely mentioned but it is a greatly evangelical doent, and Muslims, for their part, accede it to be in acquiescence with their religion”, Father Lopez observes, who cites addition example, that of Caritas, in which Christians and Muslims ignment affably together, afresh in a activity in abutment of migrants.
The third level, the abbey continues, is that represented by baby groups of the affectionate “who periodically accommodated to get to apperceive anniversary other, to allotment their corresponding paths of acceptance and to deepen their Christian and Muslim eyes of life. It sometimes happens, in some places, that Christians and Muslims aculate to adjure together: this is the fourth akin and involves a baby cardinal of people”.
The Muslim Friend
Among Father Lopez’s Islamic accompany is Rachid Makh Makh: 52 years old, single, he lives in Kenitra, area he is the accepted administrator of the bounded academy “Don Bosco”, an convention in which he accomplished French and English: “I accept been alive actuality for 18 years and I like it actual much”. Among the affidavit he mentions: the attendance of the Salesian Fathers who chase
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