Pope Francis expressed condolences on the death of Cardinal Henri Schwery and said that the honorary priest Bishop of Sion was a pastor loyal to the Swiss diocese.
Vatican news staff writer
Bishop Honorary Bishop Henri Schwery of Sion, Switzerland, died on Thursday in his hometown of Saint-Léonard at the age of 88.
In response to his death, Pope Francis sent a telegram to Bishop Jean Marie Lowe, the successor of the late Cardinal, on Friday. In this letter, the Pope expressed his condolences to the family of Cardinal Schweri and all the believers in all the dioceses he has led for nearly 1
The Pope wrote: “I ask my compassionate father to welcome this knowledgeable man and pastor who wholeheartedly guide his diocese and rejoice for his peace and light.” He praised Cardinal Schwery (Schwery) Dedication to the needs of believers, his advocacy of clergy, and his efforts to promote church unity.
Pope Francis ended his message by offering his apostolic blessings to all who crossed Cardinal Henry Sweeney.
The honorary bishop of Sien (Switzerland) Henri Schwery (Henri Schwery) was born on June 14, 1932 in Saint-Léonard in the Diocese of Zion, a province in the Rosano Valley Small agricultural center, only a few kilometers away from Zion, Switzerland.
He was the last of 11 children. He studied theology at the main seminary in Sion, and then continued his studies at the French seminary of St Clare in Rome. In 1957, he was asked to study in Switzerland.
On July 7, 1957, he was appointed as a 25-year-old pastor. He was then sent to Fribourg and received a university diploma in mathematics and physics. In 1961, he taught at Sion. For eight years starting in 1958, he has been the parish priest of the Catholic Action for Young Students. Between 1958 and 1977, he was a military chaplain. He has also served as the pastor of the Children’s Choir of Our Lady of Sion and a member of the Swiss Children’s Choir Committee. From 1968 to 1972, he served as the director of the Sion Small Seminary, and from 1972 to 1977 he served as the dean of the Sion College.
On July 22, 1977, he was appointed bishop of Zion, and he was appointed on September 17, 1977. He was also a member of the Catholic Church of Education (1978-1983), and participated in many meetings on careers and evangelism in Europe and special conferences. Also Canon in 1985. He is also the honorary canon of the monastery in the Saint Maurice da Argonne area.
He has served in the Bishops Conference and Schools, Theological Seminary and Faculty Office, the Military Chaplain, the Ministry of Health, Relations with Dioceses outside Switzerland and the European Conference Office. From January 1, 1983 to December 31, 1988, he served as chairman of the Swiss Bishops Conference.
He is the author of many pastors’ letters and biblical theological reflections on the relationship between pastors and the church’s human and religious realities.
In 1978, he dedicated his first letter to non-religious and clergy. The bishop of Sion, who retired in April 1995, took part in a secret meeting in April 2005, which elected Pope Benedict XVI.
Pope St. John Paul II founded and declared him a cardinal in the consulate on June 28, 1991, and gave him the name Ss as a church. Protomartiri a Via Aurelia Antica (St. Protomarytrs is located in Via Aurelia Antica).