Swiss Catholic-Protestant delegation traveling to Lebanon to show their solidarity and to support religious freedom and human rights

The Swiss Bishops’ Conference (SBC) and the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (FSPC) are sending a common delegation to Lebanon to express their solidarity with the local Christian communities and to advocate for religious liberty and human rights. The President of the Swiss Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Markus Büchel, and the President of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches, Rev. Gottfried Locher, will lead the joint delegation.

From November 23 to 27, the Catholic-Protestant delegation will meet with representatives of numerous Christian and non-Christian communications and will visit Swiss aid projects for refugees in Lebanon. Another aim of the journey is to launch a joint appeal on the part of the SBC and the FSPC to put an end to civil wars and persecution in the Middle East and to respect the religious freedom of all communities. A lasting peace and a future as a multicultural society are not possible without respecting the freedom of religion.

Christian aid efforts in Lebanon have been providing indispensable services involving care and support for the refugees. This is why the delegation has asked Switzerland’s parish communities to support these activities with donations and collections during the Advent and Christmas seasons, and particularly the activities of the organizations Action Chrétienne en Orient (Protestant) and Aid to the Church in Need (Catholic).