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Huonder is no longer Bishop of Chur

In the diocese of Chur, it comes at the top of a transitional solution. The Pope appointed the upper Valais, Peter Bürcher to the Apostolic Administrator until a definitive solution for the succession of Huonder is taken.

Huonder, adopted on Monday, after nearly twelve years as the Bishop of Chur. The diocese confirmed that he runs back to the Wangs, SG, to the boys ' Institute "Sancta Maria" of the priestly fraternity of St. Pius X. at the same time, the diocese, the 73-year-old Peter Bürcher, Bishop Emeritus of Reykjavik (Iceland) informed, take on the request of the Pope to the bishopric of management in Chur, as the Apostolic Administrator.

"Total Surprise"

The appointment was for him a "total Surprise" to have been, wrote Bürcher, in a message to the members of the diocese. As an Emeritus, so a retired Bishop, he sought with 73 years of life, after a little rest. But the Pope decided otherwise.

Bürcher takes, he will lead the diocese "a few months". He wants to run in a first Phase in the new office of internal calls to the diocese of familiar.

The bishopric of Chur 686'000 Catholics currently. It includes the cantons of Graubünden, Glarus, Uri, Nidwalden, Obwalden, Schwyz and Zurich.

Zurich hopes wrote on dialogue

The Catholic Church of the Canton of Zurich, you say Hello to the new Administrator: "We extend him our Hand for the process of reconciliation in our diocese is urgent." Bürcher was in Zurich not yet very well known: "Our doors are open for a forward-looking dialogue," it said further.

Peter Bürcher, the Bishop was in Reykjavik in October 2015. Health reasons had prompted him to leave the Island. A strong inflammation of the lungs had taken him hard.

the man of the Church was Born on the 20. December 1945 in Fiesch in the upper Valais. In 1971 he acquired in Freiburg, the licentiate in theology. In the same year he was ordained, in Geneva, to the priest.

In March 1994, he was appointed Bishop. Bürcher worked first as an auxiliary Bishop in the diocese of Lausanne, Geneva and Freiburg, before he made in 2007, the step to the Bishop of Reykjavik.

Former Bishop's tomb

died Also on Monday it became known that the former Bishop of Chur, Amédée's grave has died. He passed away on Sunday afternoon at the age of 89 years, in Roveredo, in the Misox, where he had retired. Beige he will be buried on Monday next week at the Bishop cemetery in front of the Cathedral in Chur.

the tomb took over the Bishop's office in Chur in August 1998. Previously, he had headed the diocese of Lausanne, Geneva and Freiburg. It was the first Time that a sitting Bishop joined the diocese. Tomb of arbitration in February 2007, after eight and a half years as chief of the diocese of Chur, from shepherd to retire from the episcopate. (sda)

Created: 20.05.2019, 12:17 PM

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