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'A day of thanksgiving' for Italian Latter-day Saints

Rome is synonymous with high fashion, superb cuisine, remarkable architecture and, yes, Roman holidays.

Latter-day Saint Italians have added Oct. 23 to the local holiday list. That was the date when President Thomas S. Monson gripped a shovel and turned a scoop of rich Roman soil, commemorating the symbolic beginning of construction on the Rome Italy Temple.

"This is a holiday for us — a day of thanksgiving," said Rome Italy Stake President Massimo De Feo.

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