The Latest on the Pope’s trip to Morocco (all times local):

2:25 p.m.

Pope Francis has arrived in Morocco for a trip aimed at highlighting the North African nation’s tradition of Christian-Muslim ties, while also letting him show solidarity with migrants at Europe’s door and tend to a tiny Catholic flock.

Pope Francis is given a plastic bottle containing a ship made by inmates of a Spanish prison with writing reading in Spanish
Pope Francis is given a plastic bottle containing a ship made by inmates of a Spanish prison with writing reading in Spanish “for an ocean with out plastic” by Spanish journalist Eva Fernandez during the flight from Rome to Rabat airport, Morocco, Saturday, March 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Pool)

Francis will address the first two items Saturday, and the third when he wraps up the visit with a Mass and a meeting with Moroccan clergy on Sunday.

Moroccan King Mohammed VI was on hand to greet Francis when he landed under a pouring rain in Rabat, the Moroccan capital, for a 27-hour visit.

The highlight of the trip is likely to be Francis’ visit Saturday to the Mohammed VI Institute, a school of learning for imams that epitomizes Morocco’s efforts to promote a moderate brand of Islam and export it via preachers to Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

FILE - In this Sunday, March 10, 2019 file photo, Christians, mostly sub-Saharan migrants, attend mass in a cathedral in Rabat, Morocco. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy, File)
FILE – In this Sunday, March 10, 2019 file photo, Christians, mostly sub-Saharan migrants, attend mass in a cathedral in Rabat, Morocco. (AP Photo/Mosa’ab Elshamy, File)

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10 a.m.

Pope Francis’s weekend trip to Morocco aims to highlight the North African nation’s tradition of Christian-Muslim ties while also letting him show solidarity with migrants at Europe’s door and tend to a tiny Catholic flock on the peripheries.

FILE - In this Monday, April 10, 2017 filer, Sub-Saharan students walks next to the mosque at the academy's courtyard where they study religious subjects such as Koranic interpretation, exegesis, Hadith and Sunnah, as well as Islamic law or Shari'a at the Imams' Academy, in Rabat, Morocco. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar, File)
FILE – In this Monday, April 10, 2017 filer, Sub-Saharan students walks next to the mosque at the academy’s courtyard where they study religious subjects such as Koranic interpretation, exegesis, Hadith and Sunnah, as well as Islamic law or Shari’a at the Imams’ Academy, in Rabat, Morocco. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar, File)

Francis will address the first two items on the agenda Saturday when he begins his 27-hour visit to Rabat, the Moroccan capital. He’ll tend to the third when he wraps up the visit with a Mass and a meeting with Moroccan clergy on Sunday.

The highlight of the trip is likely to be Francis’ visit Saturday to the Mohammed VI Institute, a school of learning for imams that epitomizes Morocco’s efforts to promote a moderate brand of Islam and export it via preachers to Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

Morocco, a Sunni Muslim kingdom of 36 million, reformed its religious policies and education to limit the spread of fundamentalism in 2004, following terrorist bombings in Casablanca that killed 43 people.

FILE - In this Sunday, March 10, 2019 file photo, Christians, mostly sub-Saharan migrants, take part in a Sunday mass in a cathedral in Rabat, Morocco. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy, File)
FILE – In this Sunday, March 10, 2019 file photo, Christians, mostly sub-Saharan migrants, take part in a Sunday mass in a cathedral in Rabat, Morocco. (AP Photo/Mosa’ab Elshamy, File)
FILE - In this Sunday, March 10, 2019 file photo, Christians, mostly sub-Saharan migrants, attend mass in a cathedral in Rabat, Morocco. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy, File)
FILE – In this Sunday, March 10, 2019 file photo, Christians, mostly sub-Saharan migrants, attend mass in a cathedral in Rabat, Morocco. (AP Photo/Mosa’ab Elshamy, File)
Pope Francis leaves after meeting journalists on board the flight from Rome to Rabat airport, Morocco, Saturday, March 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Pool)
Pope Francis leaves after meeting journalists on board the flight from Rome to Rabat airport, Morocco, Saturday, March 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Pool)
Pope Francis speaks to reporters during the flight from Rome to Rabat, Morocco, Saturday, March 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis speaks to reporters during the flight from Rome to Rabat, Morocco, Saturday, March 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis waves as he boards the airplane for Rabat, Morocco at Rome's Fiumicino International airport, Saturday, March 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Pope Francis waves as he boards the airplane for Rabat, Morocco at Rome’s Fiumicino International airport, Saturday, March 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Pope Francis greets reporters during the flight from Rome to Rabat, Morocco, Saturday, March 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Pool)
Pope Francis greets reporters during the flight from Rome to Rabat, Morocco, Saturday, March 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Pool)
Pope Francis speaks to reporters during the flight from Rome to Rabat, Morocco, Saturday, March 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis speaks to reporters during the flight from Rome to Rabat, Morocco, Saturday, March 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis carries his bag as he boards the airplane for Rabat, Morocco at Rome's Fiumicino International airport, Saturday, March 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Pope Francis carries his bag as he boards the airplane for Rabat, Morocco at Rome’s Fiumicino International airport, Saturday, March 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Pope Francis greets a Carabinieri as he boards the airplane for Rabat, Morocco at Rome's Fiumicino International airport, Saturday, March 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Pope Francis greets a Carabinieri as he boards the airplane for Rabat, Morocco at Rome’s Fiumicino International airport, Saturday, March 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)