News Release

Upholding Family Values

Faith leaders discuss ways to strengthen New Zealand families and youth

His Excellency, Bishop Patrick Dunn, Catholic Bishop of Auckland met with Elder Kevin W. Pearson, Pacific Area president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Auckland this week.

In a wide ranging discussion, the two leaders discussed the sanctity of life, the sacred nature of the traditional family, religious freedom, humanitarian relief, and ways to help young New Zealanders develop faith.

At the conclusion of the meeting Elder Pearson presented Bishop Dunn with a framed copy of The Family: A Proclamation to the World. This document was first shared with the world 20 years ago by then president of the Church, Gordon B. Hinckley (1910—2008).

After the meeting Elder Pearson said, “We are deeply grateful for Bishop Dunn’s leadership and service to the people of Auckland, and for all he and all Catholics do to bless others.”

“We are delighted to partner with our brothers and sisters in the Catholic Church to alleviate suffering, strengthen families, and stand for freedom of religion and conscience for all.

"Notwithstanding some significant doctrinal differences between our two churches, we have much in common, including our love for Jesus Christ, and our desire and efforts to serve others as He has taught and shown.”

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