Press Conference to announce the programme of Pope Francis Ecumenical Pilgrimage to the World Council of Churches


Press conference with Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit (left) and Cardinal Koch (centre). Photo: Marianne Ejdersten/WCC

03 May 2018

The landmark visit of Pope Francis to the WCC on 21 June will be a centrepiece of the ecumenical commemoration of the WCC’s 70th anniversar.

Ecumenical Pilgrimage
Walking, Praying and Working Together


Press Conference I: 15 May at 12:00 CET on the programme of the Pope’s visit with

Cardinal Kurt Koch of the Roman Catholic Church, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches

Rev. Dr Charles Morerod, Bishop of Lausanne, Geneva and Fribourg of the Roman Catholic Church

Press Conference II:  15 May at 1pm CET on security with

Lieutenant-Colonel François WARIDEL, head of operation of the Geneva Cantonal Police. Mr WARIDEL will lead the entire police operation during the visit of the Holy Father. He will be accompanied by Major Patrick PULH, superintendent of the traffic police.

They will mainly talk about the following subjects:

Security measures

  • Risk of disturbances in routes and highways in the Canton.
  • Parking space for pilgrims
  • Presentation of areas that will be closed or will have restricted circulation
  • Police information line
  • Social media

Ecumenical Centre, the main hall, Geneva, Switzerland


The Press Conference will be livestreamed, at

Interpretation available in English, Italian, French, Spanish and German.

For more information regarding the visit, please see the WCC website

WCC press release of 2 March 2018: Pope Francis to visit the World Council of Churches this summer

Information on the visit from the Diocese of Lausanne, Geneva and Fribourg

For the public:
More information will be published in the end of May.

For media:

Media accreditation for the events of 21 June will open on 15 May 2018. You will find all the information online at:


Media contacts

Media accreditation for 15 May, please respond by email to at the latest 14 May.

Download media accreditation application form (.docx)

For accreditation on 21 June (accreditation open on 15 May 2018):

WCC Communication Department +41 22 791 61 11

Questions regarding the programme:

The Ecumenical Pilgrimage to the World Council of Churches

WCC director of communication Marianne Ejdersten; e-mail:, mobile phone: +41 79 507 63 63

WCC media coordinator: Claus Grue, email:, mobile phone: +46 70 611 09 77

WCC photo coordinator: Albin Hillert, email:, mobile phone: +46 73 070 11 08

Vatican Press Office for more information:

The Holy Mass at Palexpo

Laure-Christine Grandjean, head of communication in the Diocese of Lausanne, Geneva and Fribourg, mobile phone: +41 (0)79 211 45 48 e-mail

The arrival to Switzerland and welcome by federal authorities

The Confederation: Linda Shepard, Communication officer, FDFA Information, mobile:

+ 41 (0)79 544 48 16

About the Swiss Confederation

The Swiss Federal Presidency:

Regarding security

Cap. Jean-Philippe Brandt, Communication Officer, Phone  +41 (0)22 427 56 00  Mobile phone +41 (0)79 941 54 59

The 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches in 2018 is an opportunity to mark the achievements of the past 70 years in working for Christian unity and action, and to look to the challenges ahead as a fellowship of churches responding to God’s call for unity, mission, justice and peace. This event is part of a series of anniversary celebrations taking place in various locations throughout the year.