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Canonization and visit to Saint Bernards

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Private vacation trip by Pope Benedict XVI. Mid-July 2006 in Martigny VS. He paid a visit to the Fondation Barry. However, there was never an official visit by the German pontifex maximus to Switzerland. (archive image)

On the day of his election as Pope in mid-April 2005, then Defense Minister Samuel Schmid congratulated the newly elected Pope Benedict XVI. on behalf of the Federal Council and the Swiss people by telegram and wished him “a fruitful pontificate”.

Barely two months later, the Pope was already criticizing a referendum that Swiss voters had cast at the ballot box on June 5, 2005. At that time they approved a more liberal partnership law.

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