The Swiss Bishops Conference has welcomed the beatification on Sunday in Rome of Pope John Paul II.
The late pope “to this day still acts as a model for good and help for mankind in Switzerland equally,” the bishops said in a statement.
Pope John Paul II first visited Switzerland in 1984 in a visit which he described as “a pilgrimage to the heart of God’s people living in the most beautiful mountains in Europe and in the northern Alps,” the bishops said.
The late pope praised Switzerland for its commitment to freedom, tolerance, neutrality and peace and for its cooperation with the Holy See in humanitarian works during the Second World War, the bishops said.
Pope John Paul II’s last visit to Switzerland was in 2004 when he celebrated a mass for 70,000 Catholics in Bern.
Switzerland was represented at the beatification ceremony by its ambassador to the Holy See, Jean-François Kammer.
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