official status in italy.

the lds church newroom released an article last week about the italian government granting the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints official status as a church.

according to the article, this movement will "eliminate current barriers that frequently interfere with our church leaders performing marriages and otherwise ministering, it will smooth the process for obtaining visas for missionaries and mission presidents, and it will grant unquestioned freedom for the church to perform any functions or activities deemed essential to its worldwide mission,” as well as grant Latter-day Saint clergy the ability to visit members and those in need with automatic access to state hospitals, prisons and military barracks. additionally, the church’s new status and strengthened relationships with government officials will enable the church to work more effectively in community relief efforts with the catholic church and other recognized religious denominations."

we hope this will help sorella in her work in italy. to read the rest of the article, click here.

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