Church honors Catholic Cardinal for commitment to religious freedom

"We thank you for your commitment to religious liberty and, more importantly, for your example of a life dedicated to our Lord Jesus Christ," President M. Russell Ballard, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said as he presented an award recognizing the efforts of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington.

The ceremony, which took place in Arlington, Virginia, on June 2, was hosted by the BYU Management Society.

Cardinal Wuerl is a longtime advocate for religious freedom and has spoken publicly about it several times, including an hour-long speech at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs.

"It's all about ensuring and guaranteeing the worship of God according to our conscience," Cardinal Wuerl said during his keynote address at the gala. "This we call our first freedom. ... What Mormons and Catholics espouse is the recognition that with religious faith comes a way of living, a set of standards, a set of rules for moral and civil behavior."

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