On behalf of both the leaders and the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Church’s First Presidency recently released a statement extending their “warmest wishes” to His Holiness Pope Francis. “[W]e pray he will feel the peace of the Lord as he serves as pontiff of the Catholic Church,” the statement reads.

Further, the statement rejoices in the fact that Mormons and Catholics “have worked together on issues of faith, morality and service to the poor and needy. We value the relationships that have been formed in these joint efforts and are grateful for the good that has been accomplished.

“We look forward to pursuing together, as the Apostle Paul wrote, all things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely and of good report (see Philippians 4:8).”

God bless you, Pope Francis.