Death of CPCE President Bishop Emeritus Prof. Dr. Friedrich Weber

The Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE) is deeply saddened by the death of its President, Bishop Emeritus Prof. Dr. Friedrich Weber. At the close of the session of the Council in Budapest this weekend, there were prayers and still hope that he might yet recover from his illness.

“We shall miss his charming nature and unstintingly generous manner,” said Vice-President Klára Tarr. We offer his family our prayers and deep sympathy. His absence will be sorely felt by all who knew him and by the church community throughout Europe.”

Dr. Gottfried Locher, President of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches and Vice-President of the CPCE, praised Friedrich Weber’s dedication to the Protestant churches in Europe: “Prof. Dr. Weber was an indefatigable proponent of the Leuenberg spirit and, as such, he remained active in many churches and universities all over Europe right to the very end. The Protestants of Europe have lost a valuable spokesman.”

In his role as President, Friedrich Weber led the CPCE’s delegation to the series of consultations with the Pontifical Council. “With the death of Friedrich Weber, the CPCE has lost a visionary theologian with profound ecumenical experience and expertise. His involvement in European Protestantism will certainly be missed,” said the CPCE’s General Secretary, Bishop Dr. Michael Bünker, expressing his sadness at the news.

Prof. Dr. Friedrich Weber, who at the time was Regional Bishop of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Braunschweig, was elected as President of the CPCE at its 6th General Assembly in Florence in September 2012.

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