Elder Ballard Visits Rome

"An apostle in Rome."

That phrase evokes scenes from Christianity's early history and, in light of recent events, represents a new moment in LDS and Catholic relations.

Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles visited Rome, Sept. 13 and 14. During this historic visit, he was hosted at the Vatican by Catholic officials.

With Elder Ballard were Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy; Bishop Richard C. Edgley, first counselor in the Presiding Bishopric; Elder Gérald Caussé, first counselor in the Europe Area presidency; and Massimo de Feo, president of the Rome Italy Stake.

Cardinal William Joseph Levada, one of the highest-ranking cardinals, gave Elder Ballard and the other LDS leaders a courteous welcome.

"Cardinal Levada, who is Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, expressed appreciation for the good relations with the LDS and Catholic churches," Elder Ballard said.

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