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Randall Jeppesen reportingThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is sending some of its leaders to be a part of the Pope's visit to the United States.
The Church is sending Elder M. Russell Ballard and Elder Quentin L. Cook to represent the Church as the Pope visits the U.S.
BYU religion professor Robert Millet says he sees this as an increased effort by the Church to build bridges with other faiths. "I think now more than ever, the Church feels the need to step up to the table, be a part of the conversation, be involved," he said.
The Church says it doesn't expect to have a face-to-face meeting with the Pope. But Millet says there have been many meetings with Church leaders and Catholic cardinals over the years.