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Vatican City – On June 30, 2021, Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, appointed Mr. Erwin Tanner-Tiziani as National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Switzerland for a five-year period: from January 1, 2022 until 31 December 2026.
The new National Director, 54, studied at the University of Freiburg and Munich, where he obtained a licentiate in theology , graduated in arithmetic, was a teacher of religion . He graduated in Utroque iure at the University of Friborg and obtained a Diploma in Management of Associations/Onlus . He is the author of scientific publications, in German and French, in the fields of law and theology, of the State/Islam relationship. He has made several business trips to the Middle East and Africa, in collaboration with civil, state and ecclesial bodies. From 2006 to 2010 he was Deputy Secretary, and from 2010 to today Secretary General of the Swiss Episcopal Conference, mainly dealing with the Pastoral Department and the Ecumenism and Inter-religious Dialogue Department.