Catholic Church


Swiss Confederation (Switzerland)


Also known as: Schweiz (Deutsch), Suiza (español), la Suisse (français), Svizzera (Italiano), Szwajcaria (polski), Suíça (Português), 瑞士 (正體中文), スイス (日本語), Helvetia (latine)

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Episcopal Sees (Dioceses) Diocese (7)

Territorial Abbacies Territorial Abbacy (2)

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Roman Rite (8): Basel, Chur, Lausanne, Genève et Fribourg, Lugano, Maria Einsiedeln, Saint-Maurice d’Agaune, Sankt Gallen, Sion

Ukrainian Church (1): Saint-Vladimir-le-Grand de Paris

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Apostolic Nunciature: Switzerland Archbishop Martin Krebs (67)

Holy See Representation: United Nations Office and Specialized Institutions in Geneva (UNOG) Archbishop Ettore Balestrero (57)

Holy See Representation: World Trade Organization (WTO) Archbishop Ettore Balestrero (57)

Holy See Representation: International Organization for Migration (IOM) Archbishop Ettore Balestrero (57)

Conference of Bishops: Conférence des Evêques Suisses (C.E.S.) Bishop Felix Gmür (57)

International Meeting of Bishops’ Conferences: Commissio Episcopatuum Communitatis Europææ (COM.E.C.E.) Bishop Mariano Crociata (71)

International Meeting of Bishops’ Conferences: Consilium Conferentiarum Episcopalium Europæ (C.C.E.E.) Archbishop Gintaras Linas Grušas (62)

CardinalsCardinals (2 electors/2 total)

Cardinal Kurt Koch (74)Kurt Koch (74)

Cardinal Emil Paul Tscherrig (77)Emil Paul Tscherrig (77)

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Roman-Rite Church Shrines in the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy


Patron Saint: Saint Nicholas of Flüe (September 25)

Saints: 48 Saints, 10 Blesseds

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Continent: West Europe

Capital: Berne

Area: 39,997 km²

Population: 8,236,303

Neighbouring Countries: France France, ↑ Germany Germany, → Austria Austria, → Liechtenstein Liechtenstein, ↓ Italy Italy

Cultural Summary

Religions: Roman Catholic 37.3%, Protestant 24.9%, other Christian 5.8%, Muslim 5.1%, other 1.4%, Jewish 0.2%, none 23.9%, unspecified 1.3%

Languages: German (or Swiss German) (official) 63%, French (official) 22.7%, Italian (official) 8.1%, English 4.9%, Portuguese 3.7%, Albanian 3%, Serbo-Croatian 2.4%, Spanish 2.2%, Romansch (official) 0.5%, other 7.1%

Ethnic Groups: German 65%, French 18%, Italian 10%, Romansch 1%, other 6%

Motto: Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno (Latin) (One for all, all for one)

Statistics (2021.12.31)

Area: 41,284 km²

Catholic Population: 3,549,000 Catholics (40.8% of 8,696,000 total)

Pastoral Centres: 1,575 parishes, 2 mission stations (with resident priest), 154 other centres

Clergy: 19 bishops (6 diocesan, 13 titular), 2,057 priests (1,342 diocesan, 715 religious), 249 permanent deacons (245 diocesan, 4 religious)

Non-Clergy: 4,063 religious (169 brothers, 3,894 sisters), 159 members of secular institutes (6 brothers, 153 sisters), 148 major seminarians, 800 missionaries, 2,217 catechists


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