Papal Geneva Visit News

  • Pope Francis might again visit Geneva, Nuncio says

    Jul 03, 2018

    Pope Francis characterized his June 21st day-trip to Geneva as an “ecumenical pilgrimage,” not a political trip, and for this reason he did not visit the UN and other international organizations in Geneva.

  • Pope Francis at World Council of Churches

    Jun 29, 2018

    “Walking, praying and working together” is the motto of Pope Francis’ visit to the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 21, for the 70th-anniversary celebrations of the founding of the world’s largest and most inclusive ecumenical movement.

  • Pope calls for concrete action to promote Christian unity

    Jun 28, 2018

    The Norwegian-born secretary general of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, hailed the Pope’s visit as “a sign of hope” and “a milestone in the relations among the churches.”

  • Geneva was a day of encounters

    Jun 28, 2018

    Pope Francis was asked what images, what important and powerful moments, struck him during the one day visit to Geneva on June 21.

  • Individual Bishops must decide about Communion in mixed marriages

    Jun 28, 2018

    The question of allowing Protestants married to Catholics to receive Communion at Mass in special cases has to be decided by each individual bishop and cannot be decided by a Bishops’ Conference, Pope Francis told reporters after a one-day ecumenical journey to Geneva.

  • Pope challenges the speculative trading of food

    Jun 28, 2018

    In the city that has become the world centre for the negotiation of food products, Francis has given a warning to those who ‘speculate on bread.’

  • Pope in Geneva says that Christians must choose a sober life, feel brotherly and forgive

    Jun 22, 2018

    In the Mass celebrated for Swiss Catholics, the last event of his visit to Geneva, Francis took inspiration from the Our Father to underlie the "brotherhood" inherent in being children of the one Father, the simplicity inherent in the request for "bread" needed to live (rather than what is superfluous), and forgiveness, which is necessary if we want to be forgiven by God.

  • Pope in Geneva: Ecumenism, "operating at a loss”

    Jun 22, 2018

    In an address at an ecumenical prayer service during his visit to Geneva Pope Francis urges Christians to walk together in the Spirit even though ecumenism is often seen in the eyes of the world as "a great enterprise operating at a loss.”

  • Pope to WCC: Ongoing ecumenism of blood urges us to go forward

    Jun 22, 2018

    Pope Francis addressed the Central Committee of the WCC and other ecumenical delegates during his visit to Geneva calling on all Christians to experience a more intense fraternity in the exercise of concrete charity.

  • Pope Francis expresses gratitude at end of Geneva visit

    Jun 22, 2018

    At the conclusion of his Apostolic Journey to Geneva on Thursday, Pope Francis extended his gratitude to all the organizers and participants in his one-day visit marking the World Council of Churches' 70th anniversary.