The New York Times featured the Rome Italy Temple in an article on Sunday, Feb. 17.
According to the article, more than 50,000 people visited the temple site during the free public open house, which ran from Monday, Jan. 28 through Saturday, Feb. 16 with the exception of Sundays. The temple is the 13th in Europe and will serve Church members in Italy, Malta, Greece, Cyprus, Albania and parts of Romania.
According to the article, visitors were impressed by the family-centric message that was the focus of the tour.
“There’s a strong sense of family, of respect,” Maria Giordano told the New York Times after taking the tour. “We’ve lost this in Italy.”
Rev. Brian Farrell, secretary of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, toured the temple in January 2019 and told the New York Times that it was an “opportunity to learn something about the history and life of the church.”
Volunteer Elliot Nelson served as a missionary of the Church 40 years ago and volunteered during the Rome temple open house. Nelson stated that the temple is an answer to prayer.
“We hoped and prayed for this for a long time,” he said.