The “Casa Locarno”, 1947

Casa Locarno Tessin
Foto: HEKS / Jörg Müller

In 1947 the aid agency of the Protestant Churches in Switzerland HEKS/EPER, together with the World Council of Churches, established the Casa Locarno in Ticino, southern Switzerland, a house of rest and recovery as well as encounter for people from a wide variety of countries and confessions. Roughly 5000 people from 36 countries and 14 Christian denominations visited the house over the first 20 years. It is also a place that has brought together members of once hostile nations, such as Germany and the Netherlands, and later people from East and West, as well as clerics from all confessions under one roof, at one table, thus bringing about community.