Mormon and Catholic leaders have developed a strong friendship over the years

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While acknowledging doctrinal differences, Archbishop George Niederauer of the Catholic Church and Elder M. Russell Ballard of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the “Mormon Church”) share in this interview how choosing to focus on common values and serving together to help the poor and needy have strengthened the bond of friendship between the faiths.

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