The Pope’s Apostolic Journey to Austria on the occasion of the 850th anniversary of the foundation of the Shrine of Mariazell (September 7-9, 2007).  This is the Pope’s 7th Apostolic Journey outside Italy.

Friday, September 7

  • 9.30 Departure from Rome/Ciampino to Vienna International Airport
  • 11.15 Arrival at the International Airport of Vienna/Schwechat.
    Welcome ceremony at the Vienna International Airport of Vienna/Schwechat Address of the Holy Father.
  • 12.00 Travel to Am Hof Square from the Vienna International Airport.
  • 12.45 Arrival at Am Hof square in Vienna.
  • Prayer before the Mariensäule (bronze column dedicated to the Virgin Mary) Greeting of the Holy Father.
  • 13.30 Take “popemobile” to Judenplatz.
  • 13.35 Brief stop at the monument dedicated to Austrian victims of the Holocaust at Judenplatz.
  • 13.40 Drive from Judenplatz to the Apostolic Nunciature of Vienna by “popemobile.”
  • 13.50 Arrival at the Apostolic Nunciature.
  • 17.15 Drive from the Apostolic Nunciature to Hofburg Palace.
  • 17.30 Arrive at Hofburg Palace for a courtesy visit to the President of the Republic, a meeting with the public authorities and the Diplomatic Corps Address of the Holy Father.
  • 18.45 Travel from Hofburg Palace to the Apostolic Nunciature.
  • 19.00 Arrival at the Apostolic Nunciature.

Suggested Readings:

"To Look on Christ" - The Motto of the Papal Visit
Explanation of Dr. Paul Wuthe, Head of the Austrian Catholic Media Office of the Austrian Bishops' Conference and Press Adviser to the Apostolic Journey of Benedict XVI to Austria in 2007.
Spiritual preparation
Since December 8, the faithful have been preparing for the visit of the Pope through a prolonged novena. They look at a picture of the Marian statue of Mariazell and pray to Mary...
Statistics of the Austrian Catholic Church
The Austrian Catholic Church in numbers.
Important info for journalists.

The Veneration of Mary in Austria
Father Benno Mikocki OFM
Mary always means to let her take us by the hand and lead us to Jesus: "Look on Christ!"