President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will join representatives of 14 other faiths and 23 countries at the Vatican later this month to speak on the sanctity of traditional marriage, according to a press release from Mormon Newsroom.
“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 in an official statement.
Pope Francis will open the colloquium, which is hosted by the Catholic Church and will run from Nov. 17 to Nov. 19 in Italy. President Eyring; Elder L. Tom Perry, of the LDS Church’s Quorum of the Twelve; and Bishop Gérald Caussé, of the Presiding Bishopric, will represent the LDS Church.
In addition to presentations and testimonies from leading religious figures from around the world, the gathering will show six short films, with topics ranging from “the beauty of the union between the man and the woman to the loss of confidence in marital permanence to the cultural and economic woes that follow upon the disappearance of marriage,” according to the press release.