Monsignor Bernard Genoud, 68, Roman Catholic bishop for Lausanne, Geneva, Fribourg and Neuchatel, has died from lung cancer.

Genoud died 21 September at a hospice in Fribourg. The bishop was born in Châtel-St-Denis in 1942 and was ordained as a priest in 1968.

He made headllines in 2008 when he publicly asked forgiveness for the actions of pedophile priests.

The diocese has announced that the body can be viewed starting Thursday 23 September at 11:00, to 24 September at 18:45.

His funeral will take place 25 September at the St Nicolas cathedral in Fribourg at 10:00.

A simultaneous memorial mass will be held Friday 24 September at 19:00 at:

  • the Saint-Nichola’s Cathedral in Fribourg
  • the Sacred Heart Church in Lausanne
  • the Immaculate Conception Basilica in Geneva
  • the Our Lady of Assumption Basilica in Neuchatel
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