Pope Francis warns Moroccan Christians against converting others

Pope Francis warns Moroccan Christians against converting others
Rabat: Pope Francis on Sunday urged Moroccan Christians not to convert others to ‘boost their numbers.’

Speaking at a cathedral in Rabat, Pope Francis said that trying to convert people to one’s beliefs “always leads to an impasse.”

The Pope was in the Moroccan capital for an official visit. The previous visit by a Pope to Morocco had happened in 1985 when John Paul II had been to the North African country. At the cathedral, Francis was greeted by almost 400 followers, with hundreds more lining up outside the church.

Morocco has a tiny Christian population, with over 99% of Moroccans being Muslims. The catholic community is thought to be 30,000 members strong.

Islam is the state religion of Morocco, but Christians and Jews are allowed to worship freely. Proselytizing, however, is a criminal offense.