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Bishop Joseph Bonnemain of Chur, Switzerland.

Catholic priests criticize new code of conduct in Swiss diocese as ‘attempt to implant LGBT ideology’

Apr 29, 2022

By CNA Staff

Chur Bishop Joseph Bonnemain said the code would be ‘binding for all leaders and employees.’ Read more

Mass is celebrated at the St. Pierre Cathedral in Switzerland on March 5, 2022.

First Mass since Reformation celebrated at Swiss cathedral

Mar 10, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The last Mass at St. Pierre Cathedral was in 1535. Read more

Russian Orthodox leader Metropolitan Hilarion speaks at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 6, 2021.

Ukraine war: Metropolitan Hilarion suspended from post at Swiss university

Mar 10, 2022

By CNA Staff

Metropolitan Hilarion is one of the most prominent figures in the Russian Orthodox Church. Read more

The flag of Switzerland.

Switzerland’s Catholic Church approves independent abuse study

Dec 8, 2021

By CNA Staff

The project will begin in March 2022. Read more

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, pictured in 2010.

Benedict XVI marks 10th anniversary of Orthodox leader’s death

Nov 8, 2021

By CNA Staff

Metropolitan Damaskinos wrote numerous works on ecumenism. Read more

Same-sex wedding cake.

Swiss voters back same-sex marriage

Sep 27, 2021

By CNA Staff

Around 64% of voters approved the measure. Read more

Bishop Charles Morerod, O.P., of Lausanne, Geneva, and Fribourg.

Swiss Catholic bishop appoints lay people in place of episcopal vicars

May 27, 2021

By CNA Staff

Bishop Charles Morerod has chosen two lay people and a deacon as his “lay representatives.” Read more

Same-sex wedding cake.

Swiss campaigners secure same-sex marriage referendum

Apr 29, 2021

More than 61,000 signatures were collected in favor of giving Switzerland’s 8.5 million population a final say on the law. Read more

Bishop Joseph Bonnemain of Chur, Switzerland.

Catholic bishop defends giving Communion to Protestant representatives at installation Mass

Mar 26, 2021

A Catholic bishop in Switzerland has defended giving Holy Communion to two Protestant church representatives and a Protestant politician at... Read more

Swiss voters narrowly back ban on burqa, niqab as religious leaders voice concern

Mar 8, 2021

By CNA Staff

Swiss voters have narrowly approved a proposal to religious facial coverings in public nationwide. Though the move will affect a... Read more

Bishop-elect Joseph Bonnemain of Chur, Switzerland. Credit: Diocese of Chur.

Pope Francis asks new bishop of divided Swiss diocese to serve for at least five years

Feb 23, 2021

Pope Francis has asked the new bishop of a divided Swiss diocese to remain in the post for at least... Read more

Chur Cathedral in Switzerland. Credit: Adrian Michael (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Pope Francis ends deadlock over new bishop for Swiss diocese

Feb 16, 2021

Pope Francis on Monday ended the deadlock over the appointment of a new bishop in a historic Swiss diocese that... Read more

Bishop Denis Theurillat, auxiliary bishop of Basel, Switzerland, from 2000 to 2021. Credit: Diocese of Basel.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of bishop who called for council to discuss women priests

Feb 9, 2021

Pope Francis on Monday accepted the resignation of a Swiss bishop who recently called for a council to discuss women... Read more

Members of the Swiss Guards, pictured May 6, 2015.

Swiss Guards receive funding boost for barracks renovation

Dec 16, 2020

The Swiss government agreed last week to give $5.66 million toward the renovation of the Swiss Guard barracks at the... Read more

Swiss bishops: Same-sex marriage proposal 'fraught with difficulties'

Dec 9, 2020

The Catholic bishops of Switzerland are voicing opposition to a legal measure that would legalize same-sex marriage in the country,... Read more

The challengers to the ban on public worship in the Swiss canton of Geneva.

Swiss court suspends public worship ban in Geneva

Dec 5, 2020

A court suspended Thursday a ban on public worship in the Swiss canton of Geneva.  Read more

The interior of the Basilica of Our Lady of Geneva in Switzerland.

Switzerland’s Catholic bishops lament record exodus from Church in 2019

Dec 2, 2020

Bishops in Switzerland lamented Wednesday a record exodus of Catholics from the Church in 2019.  Read more

Chur Cathedral in Switzerland.

Swiss Catholic diocese reportedly rejects Pope Francis’ candidates for new bishop

Nov 25, 2020

A Swiss Catholic diocese that elects its own bishop from a shortlist drawn up by the Holy See has rejected... Read more

Cathedral of Saint-Pierre de Genève in Geneva, Switzerland.

First Mass since Reformation to be held in Swiss cathedral

Feb 17, 2020

Mass will be said in the Cathedral of Saint-Pierre de Genève on Feb. 29, in a decision announced by the... Read more

Pope Francis with Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, in Vatican City on December 14, 2017.

Cardinal Koch: Geneva visit a sign of Pope's emphasis on ecumenism

Mar 2, 2018

By Elise Harris

On Friday, the Vatican's point-man on interreligious dialogue said Pope Francis' upcoming visit to Geneva, which will have a largely... Read more