‘Mormon Land’: What President Nelson’s meeting with Pope Francis means and why it’s a big deal — at least for Latter-day Saints

Salt Lake Tribune - 03-14


Thirty-three minutes. That’s how long President Russell M. Nelson’s private audience with Pope Francis lasted at the Vatican. But the first-ever face-to-face meeting between a Latter-day Saint prophet and a Catholic pontiff was months — if not longer — in the making, and its impact might be felt for years to come. Or will it? Was this historic encounter more about symbolism than substance? Or is that symbolism, ultimately, more important than any substance?