From Conflict to Collaboration : Mormons and Waldensians in Italy
The Worldwide Church : Mormonism as a Global Religion
BYU Religious Studies Center; Deseret Book
In this chapter, Mauro Properzi recounts a historic event that took place for the Church in Italy on July 30, 2012. The President of the Republic of Italy signed legislation that recognized the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a full legal partner of the state. This agreement gave the Church every right and benefit available to other similarly recognized religious institutions. It also gave Church leaders unhindered access in their pastoral support for members in the military, in hospitals, and in prisons. While the agreement process took over 15 years from the day of the application submission to the day the law took full effect, the whole history of Mormonism in Italy functions as the necessary background and foundation for this important achievement.