Keys of the kingdom

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The relief of St. Peter at the portal of Radovljica Parish Church in Slovenia. The inscription, written in Slovene, reads: "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven".

The keys of the kingdom is a Christian concept of apostolic authority present in some denominations, such as the Roman Catholic Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and The Family International.[1] Its origins can be traced to a passage in the New Testament where Jesus gives St. Peter "the keys of the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 16:19). In the LDS Church the concept is strongly tied to the priesthood keys held by the President of the Church and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

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