Henri Schwery

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His Eminence

Henri Schwery
Cardinal, Bishop Emeritus of Sion
ChurchRoman Catholic
Term ended1 April 1995
SuccessorNorbert Brunner
Other postsCardinal Priest of Santi Protomartiri a Via Aurelia Antica
Ordination7 July 1957
Consecration17 September 1977
Created cardinal28 June 1991
RankCardinal Priest
Personal details
Birth nameHenri Schwery
Born (1932-06-14) 14 June 1932 (age 87)
Saint-Léonard, Switzerland
MottoSpiritus Domini Gaudium et Spes
Coat of armsHenri Schwery's coat of arms
Styles of
Henri Schwery
Coat of arms of Henri Schwery.svg
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal
SeeSion (emeritus)

Henri Schwery (born 14 June 1932) is a cardinal and Bishop Emeritus of Sion, Switzerland.

Early life and ordination[edit]

Born in St-Léonard, Valais, Schwery studied mathematics, theoretical physics, Catholic theology and philosophy in Sion, Rome and Fribourg. On 7 July 1957, he was ordained priest.

Professor and bishop[edit]

From 1961 to 1977, he was part of the theological faculty of Sion, over which he presided from 1972 to 1977. Pope Paul VI appointed Schwery in 1977 the Bishop of Sion. He was president of the Swiss Bishops Conference from 1983 to 1988.[1]


In 1991, Pope John Paul II named him a member of the College of Cardinals, becoming cardinal-priest of Santi Protomartiri a Via Aurelia Antica; during March that year, he paid his respects to the deceased Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. He resigned the episcopal see of Sion in 1995. Schwery was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI. He reached age 80 in 2012 and lost the right to participate in future conclaves.


  1. ^ Schwery, Card. Henri, Holy See Press Office. Retrieved 9 April 2007

External links[edit]

  • "Schwery Card. Henri". Holy See Press Office. Archived from the original on 4 September 2017. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
François-Nestor Adam
Bishop of Sion
Succeeded by
Norbert Brunner
Preceded by
Otmar Mäder
President of the Swiss Episcopal Conference
Succeeded by
Joseph Candolfi