Pope visits to Switzerland and Liechtenstein

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In 1984 Pope John Paul II visited Niklaus von Flüe's home in Flüeli-Ranft .
Statue of John Paul II in Schaan

There have been six official papal visits to Switzerland and Liechtenstein so far.


Martin V , who was elected at the Council of Constance , was probably the first Pope to travel through the Confederation in 1418 .

In 1969 Paul VI visited in Geneva the International Labor Organization , which was then 50 years old, and the World Council of Churches .

In 1982 John Paul II traveled to the Geneva headquarters of the UN for one day . In 1984 he made a pastoral visit to Switzerland for several days. The Principality of Liechtenstein followed in the following year . In 2004 the Pope made a pastoral visit on the occasion of the national youth meeting in Bern .

Francis' visit to Geneva in June 2018 was again for the World Council of Churches, on the 70th anniversary of its foundation.

Pope Benedict XVI stayed in June 2006 on Swiss soil on when he on the Great St. Bernard breeding station of Saint Bernard dogs attended. This private stay during the holidays in the Aosta Valley was not of an official nature.


Year / date Pope places
June 10, 1969 Paul VI Geneva
June 15, 1982 John Paul II Geneva
June 12-17, 1984 John Paul II Zurich-Kloten , Lugano , Friborg , Geneva, Bern, Einsiedeln , Lucerne , Sachseln , Sion
September 8, 1985 John Paul II Zurich-Kloten, Eschen , Mauren , Schaan , Vaduz
June 5-6, 2004 John Paul II Bern
June 21, 2018 Francis Geneva

See also


  • Louis Bosshart : The Pope's visits to Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein - two major media events , Freiburg 1987.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b Marc Tribelhorn: The Pope visits Switzerland , nzz.ch, June 20, 2018, accessed on June 21, 2018.
  2. The Pope in Switzerland , kath.ch, accessed on June 19, 2018.