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Swiss president meets with Pope

May 09, 2016

Johann Schneider-Ammann, who is serving a one-year term as the Swiss Confederation’s president, met with Pope Francis on May 7 before meeting with Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States.

“The cordial discussions offered the opportunity to affirm the good relations between the Holy See and Switzerland, with particular acknowledgement of the faithful and professional service rendered by the Pontifical Swiss Guard,” the Holy See Press Office said in a statement.

The parties discussed education, migration, the situation in the Middle East and Africa, and the positive contribution of the Church to Swiss society.

Switzerland, a nation of 8.2 million, is approximately 40% Catholic, 27% Protestant, and 5% Muslim.


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