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“Look to Christ” by "going towards Mary who shows us Jesus" says Benedict recalling Austria
Vatican City, Sep 12, 2007 / 09:00 am ( CNA ) .- More than 12,000 people gathered in St. Peter's square to hear Pope Benedict XVI deliver the Wednesday audience. The Holy Father recalled his recent pastoral visit to Austria to commemorate the 850th anniversary of the shrine of Mariazell, a visit, he said, "that was above all a pilgrimage on the theme of 'looking to Christ,' that is, of going towards Mary who shows us Jesus."

Pope Benedict exhorts Christians to keep Sunday holy
Vienna, Sep 9, 2007 / 05:11 pm (CNA).- As Pope Benedict XVI bid farewell to Austria today, he called on everyone to live Sunday’s in a Christian manner. Quoting a 20th century German bishop, Benedict exhorted people to “Give the soul its Sunday and give Sunday its soul.”

Europe, Do not deny your Christian roots…”Where God is there is the future.”
Vienna, Sep 8, 2007 / 03:27 pm ( CNA ) .- After making his first pilgrimage to Mariazell and celebrating the Virgin Mary's birth with Mass, Pope Benedict XVI traveled to the Hofburg Palace, where he met with the President of Austria, Heinz Fischer. The Pope told the diplomats assembled that, "Europe will grow more sure of itself if it accepts a responsibility in the world corresponding to its singular intellectual tradition, its extraordinary resources and its great economic power.”

The crisis of the West is the crisis of truth, says Pope Benedict
Mariazell, Sep 8, 2007 / 12:11 pm ( CNA ) .- The crisis of the West is a crisis of truth, said Pope Benedict XVI in his homily at the Mass celebrating feast of the shrine's patron. He was welcomed to the shrine by more than 50,000 people amid persistent rain and unseasonably cool temperatures.

Pope Benedict goes to Austria on Mariazell pilgrimage
The Marian shrine of Mariazell "shows us our history and the way to the future."
Vienna, Sep 7, 2007 / 09:33 am ( CNA ) .- This morning Pope Benedict XVI began his seventh trip outside of Italy on a good note saying that he “felt at home” in Austria. The pontiff's trip is in Austria to celebrate the 850th anniversary of the Marian shrine at Mariazell, the most important shrine in central Europe.

Cardinal Schönborn: “The Pope’s message to us will be captivating”
Vienna, Aug 31, 2007 / 03:42 pm (CNA).- Commenting on the upcoming visit to Austria by Pope Benedict XVI, the archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn said he expected to hear strong and forceful statements from the Pontiff about the reality of Europe and Austria’s responsibility in the region.

Papal trip will give boost to Church in Austria, says Cardinal Schonborn
Mariazell, Aug 16, 2007 / 10:16 am (CNA).- The archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, said this week he hopes the Pope’s visit to Austria in September will mean a “profound strengthening of the Church in Austria” and of the faithful’s bond with the Holy Father.

Austrians can receive text messages from Pope
Vienna, Aug 1, 2007 / 10:40 am (CNA).- Organizers of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Austria next month are offering the faithful daily cell phone text messages with quotes from the pontiff.

Benedict XVI will go on his second trip outside of Italy in September
Vatican City, Jul 3, 2007 / 08:59 am (CNA).- Benedict XVI is due to make an apostolic trip to Austria from September 7 to 9, for the 850th anniversary of the foundation of the Shrine of Mariazell.

Austria may be only European country visited by Benedict XVI in 2007
Rome, Jun 14, 2007 / 11:00 am (CNA).- Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Austria September 7-9 may be his only trip to a European country in 2007, according to the spokesman for the Archdiocese of Vienna.

Vatican confirms: Pope Benedict has accepted invitation to visit United Nations HQ in New York
Vatican City, Apr 27, 2007 / 09:08 am (CNA).- The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J., confirmed recent rumors that Pope Benedict XVI has accepted an invitation to visit United Nations headquarters in New York City.

Pope Benedict’s schedule for Austria trip formalized
Vienna, Mar 20, 2007 / 12:53 pm (CNA).- The program for Pope Benedict XVI’s upcoming trip to Austria this coming September 7th to 9th has been formally accepted according to the Bishops Conference of Austria.

Pope renews commitment to visit Austria next year
Vatican City, Oct 6, 2006 / 12:00 am (CNA).- Pope Benedict XVI reaffirmed his commitment to visit Austria. During his meeting with the pontiff yesterday, President Heinz Fischer of Austria once again extended the invitation to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Mariazell, located in the Austrian Alps, next year.