Henri Schwery

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His Eminence
Henri Schwery
Cardinal, Bishop Emeritus of Sion
Church Roman Catholic
Diocese Sion
Term ended 1 April 1995
Successor Norbert Brunner
Other posts Cardinal Priest of Santi Protomartiri a Via Aurelia Antica
Ordination 7 July 1957
Consecration 17 September 1977
Created cardinal 28 June 1991
Rank Cardinal Priest
Personal details
Birth name Henri Schwery
Born (1932-06-14) 14 June 1932 (age 86)
Saint-Léonard, Switzerland
Nationality Swiss
Motto Spiritus Domini Gaudium et Spes
Coat of arms Henri Schwery's coat of arms
Styles of
Henri Schwery
Coat of arms of Henri Schwery.svg
Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Sion (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 1972–1977. Pope Paul VI appointed Schwery in 1977 the Bishop of Sion. He was president of the Swiss Bishops Conference from 1983–1988.[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 of that same 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, url accessed 9 April 2007

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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