Pope Francis will visit Morocco on March 30 and 31 on a trip that will take him to Rabat and Casablanca, the Vatican announced Tuesday.
According to the statement, the pontiff was “accepting the invitation extended by King Mohammed VI and the bishops” to visit the majority-Muslim North African country.
Francis, 81, will be the second pope to travel to Morocco, after John Paul II paid a visit in 1985 that was seen as an opportunity to build bridges between Muslims and Christians.
“The late pope’s visit to Morocco over 30 years ago drew headlines, as it was the first time a Roman pontiff had been invited to visit a Muslim country by the head of state, not the local church,” said a religious website, Cruxnow.
Francis has already visited several Muslim countries, including Turkey in 2014, Azerbaijan in 2016 and Egypt in 2017.
The Vatican said it would be releasing the programme for Morocco at a later date.