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USCCB president mourns death of the Mormons’ president

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, mourned the death of Thomas S. Monson, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Monson, 90, died on 2nd January.

“During his tenure as president, understanding and friendship developed between our two communities on national and local levels,” Cardinal DiNardo said in a statement issued on 3rd January.

“As we engage important questions on family and the dignity of the human person, Catholics and Mormons work together and support each other. Today, Catholics join their Latter-day Saints brothers and sisters in commending his soul to the mercy and love of God,” the cardinal said.

Monson was the 16th president of the Mormons, whose church was established in the early 19th century.

He served in the Naval Reserve, reaching the rank of ensign. He saw no action in World War II and rejected a commission just before the outbreak of the Korean War to serve as counselor to his local Mormon bishopric. He himself became a bishop, akin to a Catholic parish priest, at the age of 22.

Picture: Thomas S. Monson, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, pictured in a 2011 photo, died on 2nd January at the age of 90. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops sent condolences to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 3rd January. (CNS photo/George Frey, Reuters).