Geneva, Switzerland, Feb 17, 2020 / 19:00 pm
The first Catholic Mass in nearly five hundred years will be celebrated at a cathedral in Geneva later this month. Mass will be said in the Cathedral of Saint-Pierre de Genève on Feb. 29, in a decision announced by the Diocese of Lausanne, Geneva and Fribourg's episcopal vicariate for the city.
The cathedral was the seat of the Catholic bishops of Geneva from the fourth century until the Protestant Reformation. The last Mass celebrated at the cathedral took place in 1535. After the Reformation, the building was taken over by John Calvin's Reformed Protestant Church, which destroyed the cathedral's statues and paintings, and banned Catholic worship.
Fr. Pascal Desthieux, the Catholic episcopal vicar for Geneva, described the cathedral as the "central and symbolic location of Geneva's Christian history" in a letter published on the vicariate's website.
Following the reformation, the cathedral became a location "emblematic of the Calvinist reform," he said.