Catholic bishop addresses Mormon Institute students

Calling it a “historic occasion,” Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson encouraged Latter-day Saints and Catholics to stand side-by-side in their joint responsibility to protect freedom of worship throughout the world.

Bishop Kicanas, past vice president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and current chairman of the board of directors of Catholic Relief Services, presented a stirringly inspirational young adult fireside as the guest speaker before nearly 300 students and others at the LDS Institute of Religion in Tucson.

Invited by the LDS Institute director, Norman Gardner, counselor in the Tucson Arizona North Stake and member of the regional public affairs committee, Bishop Kicanas spoke before the gathering including each of the stake presidents and LDS bishops of the five student wards. Brother Gardner said he was humbled by the thoughtful message of unity presented by someone so in tune to the needs of the world. That message was apparent as the Catholic Bishop, with humor, and touching stories, told how the interconnecting histories of Catholics and Mormons, our common ideals, and many of the issues that have affected both churches have placed their members on common ground.

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