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Trouble recruiting An uncertain future for Swiss soldiers guarding the Pope

Every May, a new batch of young Swiss Roman Catholic soldiers swears allegiance to the Pope. In recent years their numbers have been dwindling.

UNESCO nominated Thousands watch historic Easter Mendrisio processions

Crowds have been watching the Easter processions in Mendrisio, a practice nominated for inclusion on UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage list.

This content was published on April 19, 2019 11:47 AM

Swiss religious Traditions The medieval Easter ceremony where women weep silently

Veiled women in black mourn the death of Christ in a traditional Good Friday ceremony in the medieval town of Romont.

Losing a landmark How would Switzerland rebuild a national treasure like Notre-Dame?

For many Swiss, the fiery devastation of Notre-Dame Cathedral sparks another memory – that of Lucerne’s wooden Chapel Bridge in flames.

Troubling trend Anti-Jewish conspiracy theories make a comeback

Last year, cases of anti-Semitism rose in French-speaking Switzerland. The phenomenon is also noticeable in the German-speaking part of the country.

Past and present Religious groups advocate ‘conversion therapy’ for homosexuals

Meet the Swiss people who had to deny they were gay.

Religious issue Should Switzerland end its ban on blasphemy?

The European Court of Human Rights says the Prophet Mohammed may not be called a paedophile. This kind of statement also risks a fine in Switzerland.

Church and state Geneva secularism law approved by voters

Voters in Geneva have endorsed a law on ties between the government and religious communities.

This content was published on February 10, 2019 1:47 PM

State and religion Geneva to vote on divisive secularism law

Geneva is set to vote on a new law aimed at better regulating relations between religion and state, whilst reaffirming the principle of secularism.

Toblerone Halal label on Swiss chocolate sparks controversy

Some consumers in Switzerland and abroad have been questioning the halal label on Toblerone chocolate bars. Although certified as halal in April, ...

#WeAreSwissAbroad – François Schwalb ‘Being Swiss is an essential part of my identity’

Even as a child, François Schwalb, who was born in South Africa, was interested in his father’s homeland.