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

Swiss Catholic bishop appoints lay people in place of episcopal vicars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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


Legal group fights Swiss lawsuit promoting euthanasia

The U.S.-based legal group Alliance Defending Freedom has issued a legal brief supporting Swiss laws that bar assisted suicide for... Read more