Mayor of Rome 'impressed' during Rome LDS Temple tour

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  • DPiero Australia , 00
    Sept. 29, 2014 2:44 a.m.

    My I share some concerns we seem to be spending a lot of money on the best materials for the Temple in Rome, and I am thinking of the poor and needy of this world and what are we doing to help them, didn't the Lord say to look after the poor and the needy.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2013 3:10 p.m.

    @I know it. I live it. I love it.
    "This temple not only serves the LDS membership but helps us to foster friendship for others who share family values"

    I don't know. A building that, once dedicated, doesn't allow people from outside the church to enter is not really particularly useful for friendship fostering. While in Italy I went into plenty of churches (they merely ask that you dress decently for some of them like St. Mark's Basilica in Venice) and the idea of being rejected at the temple door might be considered offputting or exclusive.

  • antodav TAMPA, FL
    May 10, 2013 5:12 p.m.

    "'For us,' Mayor Alemanno continued, 'every religious center that is created within the perimeter of our city gives even more value to it as the center of Catholicism, because it shows that there is an openness, a tolerance, and a shared understanding of the value of human life and of the family.'"

    *snicker* yeah, ok. Let's pretend the Catholic Church wasn't the driving force behind the resistance to building a temple in Rome before now. The Mafia loves competition.

  • bob j Maryborough, 00
    May 10, 2013 2:46 p.m.

    I was in the invasion of Sicily and later was in Italy. Although not an Roman Catholic, I attended the first midnight Mass held at the Vatican after the departure of the Germans. Little did I then know that a Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints would be built at Rome. The friends which I made there will have by now 'passed on' but it is my prayer that in time they will receive the Temple ordinances.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    May 10, 2013 2:15 p.m.

    There's an inspiration story about the local approval for the Rome Temple. There was an unseen hand. The is not a secular success even if the mayor is impressed with its size.

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    May 10, 2013 1:13 p.m.

    Dear Hutterite. Wow, that comment came out of left field and has absolutely nothing to do with this article. I wonder what is really behind your comment?

  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Salt Lake City, UT
    May 10, 2013 12:06 p.m.


    I'm not sure what you are referring to.

    Temple workers volunteer their time. The number of paid workers is limited. Maintaining the beauty of temple grounds and the care of the building and interior something very important to us simply because of the nature of temples. Consider the work done on the Salt Lake Tabernacle, the Ogden Temple, and the new Provo temple.

    Maybe you are referring some changes mean to spend more efficiently. But the care given to maintaining temples has not changed. Even if the church reduced spending on maintaining temples by 90%, it would likely be because of a member volunteer effort to replace the same efforts.

  • TOO Sanpete, UT
    May 10, 2013 11:22 a.m.

    Sneaky Jimmy,

    That's pretty insulting. Every religion has inactive members, including the LDS church. How about being a little bit more sensitive?

    May 10, 2013 11:09 a.m.

    To Hutterite< yes, the LDS Church has cut down on money for maintainance of all church buildings, instead, relying more on service by members. We see this as a wonderful opportunity, so that more funds may be diverted to worldwide humanitarian needs, assist missionaries from low income countries and other worthy efforts. This is not a sacrifice for us, it is an opportunity to serve in Our Lord's House.

  • Filo Doughboy Bakersfield, CA
    May 10, 2013 11:02 a.m.

    O 10- The question to ask is how much about Mormonism does the Mayor know? "Family and religion" is believed by every world religion; "tolerance" is subjective. His eyes are oogling $ signs.

    They are looking at the local income benefits to this 'massive project'. No Catholic will entertain acquiescing to any polytheistic, polygamous religion. As hard as modern PR attempts try to paint LDS as super-family patriots, there's always D&C 132 and "As man is, God once was..." in print.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    May 10, 2013 9:55 a.m.

    What does it say about the economy of Italy that this is the largest private investment right now?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 10, 2013 9:39 a.m.

    There's always big coin available for facilities, at least on the capital development side. I've heard they're getting a bit stingy on the operations and maintenance side, though.

  • Sneaky Jimmy Bay Area, CA
    May 10, 2013 9:09 a.m.

    Maybe this will start some competition with the Catholics. Inspire them to go back to church and honor their religion.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    May 10, 2013 8:53 a.m.

    @Sean Jackson,

    I've heard June as the month for dedication. I believe the dedication will be invitation only (closed-circuit to chapels in Italy). But knowing construction in Italy, guessing the precise date is tough.

    I remember it taking 2 years just to build a baptismal font in a chapel in Italy. The fact this Temple is taking shape so quickly is truly miraculous!

  • Sean Jackson Salt Lake City, UT
    May 10, 2013 6:56 a.m.

    It's likely I'll be visiting Rome next year, possibly in April but we may go later. I tried to find an ETA on the temple being completed; everything just says "2014". Is there a more specific estimate? 12 months is very vague.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    May 10, 2013 6:15 a.m.

    It's great to see the bridges being built between Italian civic and religious leaders and the recognition of common values. As one who served in Italy many years ago as a missionary and returned often, the construction of this Temple is exciting on so many levels.

    I encourage all who served missions in Italy to write or call your investigator and member families and encourage them to prepare to go to the Temple. This represents a unique opportunity for us to unite behind these wonderful people and help them build up their families and the church in Italy. Forza Italia!

  • Hey Baby Franklin, IN
    May 10, 2013 1:29 a.m.

    You know what is sad/strange? On the day this temple was announced there were at least two others...Kansas City and Philadelphia.

    KC is operational. Rome is near completion. Philadelphia is still in the raw earth indictment on the church, but the officials in Philly!!! So much red tape, and I'm afraid the long rumored "pay to play" policies of corrupt politicians is an issue...

    The church most likely doesnt pay cash under the table and everything is on the "slow track"...

    Slower than Rome might be a record for a northeastern industrial city like Philly...

  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Salt Lake City, UT
    May 9, 2013 7:34 p.m.

    I agree with Mayor Gianni Alemanno. This temple not only serves the LDS membership but helps us to foster friendship for others who share family values and hold up the light as an example for those who don't yet. Family is at the heart of the plan of happiness and temples are at the heart of eternal families.

    This temple will bless millions!