Pope Francis is turning his attention to Morocco’s small Christian community during a two-day visit after already reaching out to the kingdom’s Muslim majority and calling for a greater welcome for its growing number of migrants.

On his second and final day in Morocco, Francis is visiting a church-run social services center, meeting with Catholic priests and other Christian representatives, and celebrating a Mass on Sunday.

Morocco has become the main departure point in Africa for migrants attempting to reach Europe after Italy essentially closed its borders to asylum-seekers leaving from Libya.

Pope Francis greets some women as he arrives to the Rural Center for Social Services at Temara, south of Rabat, Morocco, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis greets some women as he arrives to the Rural Center for Social Services at Temara, south of Rabat, Morocco, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Francis thanked Morocco on Saturday for protecting migrants and warned that walls won’t stop people from trying to escape terrible conditions in their home countries.

He addressed migrants directly: “You are not the marginalized. You are at the center of the church’s heart.”

Pope Francis greets women upon his arrival to the Rural Center for Social Services at Temara, south of Rabat, Morocco, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis greets women upon his arrival to the Rural Center for Social Services at Temara, south of Rabat, Morocco, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis and King Mohammed VI drive in separate vehicles to the esplanade of the Hassan Tower mosque during the pontiff's visit to Rabat, Morocco, on Saturday, March 30, 2019. (Ciro Fusco/ANSA via AP
Pope Francis and King Mohammed VI drive in separate vehicles to the esplanade of the Hassan Tower mosque during the pontiff’s visit to Rabat, Morocco, on Saturday, March 30, 2019. (Ciro Fusco/ANSA via AP
Pope Francis exchanges gifts during a visit to the Rural Center for Social Services at Temara, south of Rabat, Morocco, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis exchanges gifts during a visit to the Rural Center for Social Services at Temara, south of Rabat, Morocco, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis greets a group of women upon his arrival to the Rural Center for Social Services at Temara, south of Rabat, Morocco, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis greets a group of women upon his arrival to the Rural Center for Social Services at Temara, south of Rabat, Morocco, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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