Salt Lake City, Utah, Jan 4, 2018 / 11:40 am
Thomas Monson, president of the Mormon Church, died Tuesday at the age of 90, leading Catholic bishops to offer prayer and praise for a man dedicated to philanthropic works.
"President Monson was an advocate of unity and believed in the goodness of each person. He embraced people regardless of faith, seeing in them the image of Jesus," Bishop Oscar Solis of Salt Lake City said Jan. 3.
"He was a 'human' touch of kindness and dignity that will long be treasured. We join in prayer with the LDS faithful at this difficult time."
Monson, 16th president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died of natural causes Jan. 2 at his home in Salt Lake City. The leader of the 15.8 million-member religion had a strong dedication to the poor. He had been president of the religion since 2008.