This is the first temple for Italy and they chose Rome as the location! I would imagine the structure of this temple would be unique and beautiful. How do you think the population in general would react when they build this temple?
Image bBy Gianni Alemanno - Incontro con la comunità dei Mormoni, CC BY-Specific Action: 2.0, Source 2n
I do not think they are going to take it to kindly. When a population is so deeply entrenched in a particular religious thought, they are a little less accepting of another religion coming in. I suspect that they may feel that the Church is trying to place a foothold (which they kind of are trying to do) in their heavily Catholic Country. I hope it happens without too much pressure by the Catholic and Civic leaders to stop the work.
Anyway, I think there is a lot of significance in putting a temple in the bastion of Catholic society.
You have to admit that the Catholics are pretty good at the architecture of their buildings though.
And I have alway loved Roman Architecture as well. I kind of hope that this temple has some of the Roman feel (columns and such) to it without being too gaudy.
Rome Italy Temple
President Monson to preside over Mormon temple groundbreaking in Rome
Now Cantafio and fellow Mormons living across Europe's "Boot" have more to celebrate. President Thomas S. Monson is expected to preside here over Saturday's temple groundbreaking ceremony. His visit will mark the first time in more than 30 years that a president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been in Italy. President Spencer W. Kimball stopped here in August of 1977. Ref. Source 6
Rome Italy Temple Construction
The temple exterior is being constructed from granite with decorative glazing. The interior finish will be of the finest material and workmanship: marble, woodwork, Venetian plaster and decorative painting. The three-story temple will be approximately 40,000 square feet with two tall spires when completed. Ref. Source 4
Construction of Rome Italy Temple to Resume at Normal Pace
Salt Lake City - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following statement today regarding the Rome Italy Temple in response to media requests:
"In recent months, progress on the Rome Italy Temple slowed due to contractor difficulties not related to this project. Those challenges have been addressed, and work will soon resume at a normal pace. No dates have been announced for completion. We are grateful that our members have extended their faith and prayers and sought heaven's help in seeing this important project through to completion." Ref. Source 9
Entire First Presidency, Quorum of the Twelve to attend Rome Temple dedication. In what appears to be a first in Latter-day Saint history, the entire First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will assemble outside the United States for the dedication of the Rome Italy Temple beginning Sunday. Source 8b.
Its very unusual for all of the leadership to be in one place. Who officially runs things back at headquarters when they're gone?