LDS Church to join 13 other faiths at Vatican conference

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SALT LAKE CITY — President Henry B. Eyring of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will represent the faith at a worldwide conference about marriage hosted by the Catholic Church later this month.

The International Interreligious Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman, held by the Catholic Church, will take place at the Vatican Nov. 17-19. Leaders from 14 faith traditions and 23 countries will meet “to examine and propose anew the beauty of the relationship between the man and the woman, in order to support and reinvigorate marriage and family life for the flourishing of human society,” the Catholic Church said.

Pope Francis will open the colloquium, which aims to strengthen marital relationships, on Monday, Nov. 17. President Eyring, a member of the First Presidency of the LDS Church, will speak as a witness testimony Tuesday, Nov. 18.

"At this time of rapidly declining moral values and the challenges to traditional family structures and relationships throughout the world, we are pleased to unite with the Catholic Church, other fellow Christian denominations and other world religions in standing firm and speaking clearly about the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman," the LDS Church said.

Additionally, the Catholic Church will release several short films containing interviews of men and women from across cultures and religions talking about the varying beauties and challenges facing marriage.

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