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SWITZERLAND

PRESIDENT HIS LORDSHIP MGR. CHARLES MOREROD BISHOP OF LAUSANNE, GENEVA, FREIBURG

SECRETARY GENERAL DR. ERWIN TANNER

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS FOR THE SWISS BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE The new Presidency of the Swiss Bishops’ Conference began on 1 January 2016, for a three-year mandate (until 31 December 2018): His Lordship Mgr Charles Morerod OP, President; His Lordship Mgr Felix Gmür, Vice-president; Rt Rev Urban Federer OSB, third member of the Presidency. During the Jubilee of Mercy, there were many initiatives which took place in the dioceses: Holy Doors, area pilgrimages, episcopal visits to the “margins”. On1 June 2016 the St Gotthard rail tunnel was opened. His Lordship Mgr Felix Gmür wrote a pastoral letter to mark the occasion (01.08.2016). On 28 September 2016 a conference organised by the Bishops’ Conferences of Germany, France and Switzerland on migration waves towards Europe took place in Berlin. On 5 December 2016, the Swiss Bishops’ Conference made its own the intentions of Pope Francis to establish a National Day of Prayer and Penance for victims of sexual abuse, organising a public liturgical office of the Swiss Bishops’ Conference at the basilica of Valère in Sion. In February 2017 (3-10), the Commission of the Swiss Bishops’ Conference for dialogue with Muslims went to Benin for a symposium on “Le

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vivre ensemble entre adhérents de différentes communautés religieuses au Bénin et en Suisse”. For further information: Document 1 in DE – FR; Document 2 in DE – FR. On 12 February 2017, there was a commemoration at the University of Fribourg, in the presence of the Swiss Bishops, of the 1st anniversary of the historical meeting between Pope Francis and Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, held in Havana/Cuba on 12.02.2016. For further information, a news release in DE – FR - IT On 9 March, the Bishops’ Conference organised a study day in Berne on the work of the Synod of Bishops 2014 and 2015 on the family and on “Amoris Laetitia”. On 1 April 2017, a national ecumenical day commemorating and celebrating the 600th anniversary of the birth of the national Saint Nicholas of Flüe and the 500 years since the Protestant Reformation took place in Zug. For further information: Document 1 in DE – FR; Document 2 in DE – FR - IT. Again in ecumenical matters, on 22 April 2017 the President of the Swiss Bishops’ Conference met in Geneva Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, visiting Switzerland to mark the 50th anniversary of the ecumenical Centre at Chambésy. On 20 May 2017, a delegation of the Swiss Bishops’ Confe-

Litterae Communions 2017 (English version)  

CCEE Litterae communionis contains the annual report (June 2016 - June 2017) of Bishops' Conferences in Europe.

Litterae Communions 2017 (English version)  

CCEE Litterae communionis contains the annual report (June 2016 - June 2017) of Bishops' Conferences in Europe.

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