How the Mormons got an invitation to the Pope's ecumenical meeting

In the latest issue of Ecumenical Trends, James Massa, who heads ecumenical outreach for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, tells the inside story behind the invitation to the Mormon Church to attend the ecumenical meeting with the Pope during his April 2008 visit to the U.S.

The request to attend the meeting came from Ralph Hardy, an LDS Area Authority Seventy and DC attorney. Massa writes how the request ended up posing the usual question: are Mormons Christian? The Pope was to host two meetings, one “ecumenical” with Christians; and one “interreligious” with non-Christians (Buddhists, Muslims, etc.). Which meeting should the Mormons attend?

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