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Austria’s Catholic bishops: Provide ‘assistance to live,’ not assistance to suicide

The bishops spoke out after the country’s top court ruled that assisted suicide should no longer be a criminal offense. Read more

The banner hung by the group Christus Vincit from St. Rupert’s Church in Vienna, Austria.

‘Roma locuta’: Young Catholics hang banner in response to rainbow flag on Vienna’s oldest church

The banner declared: “God cannot bless sin. Roma locuta, causa finita.” Read more

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn at the Vatican April 8, 2016.

Cardinal Schönborn: Vatican ‘no’ to same-sex blessings marked by ‘communication error’

In new comments, Cardinal Schönborn has said that the Vatican’s rejection of blessings for same-sex couples was marked by a... Read more

Archbishop Franz Lackner of Salzburg, Austria. Credit: Archdiocese of Salzburg.

Catholic archbishop: Austrian court ruling on assisted suicide ‘just the beginning’

An Austrian archbishop warned Catholics on Wednesday that a top court’s ruling on assisted suicide is “just the beginning.”  Read more

The high altar of St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria. Credit: Bwag via Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Number of people leaving Catholic Church in Austria fell in 2020

Fewer people left the Catholic Church in Austria in 2020 than in the previous year, according to official figures released... Read more

Austrian court strikes down ban on Muslim headscarves in schools

A ban on headscarves for elementary school students was discriminatory and unconstitutional because it singled out Muslim girls' headscarves, the... Read more

Austrian Catholic leader deplores court ruling on assisted suicide

An Austrian Catholic archbishop expressed dismay after the country’s top court ruled that assisted suicide should no longer be a... Read more

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn at the Vatican April 8, 2016.

Cardinal Schönborn deplores attack on rabbi in Vienna

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn deplored Friday an attack on a rabbi in the Austrian capital, Vienna.   Read more

The inner courtyard of Heiligenkreuz Abbey in the Vienna Woods, Austria.

Catholic archdiocese of Vienna sees rise in seminarians

The archdiocese of Vienna has reported a rise in the number of men training for the priesthood.   Read more

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the archbishop of Vienna, pictured in 2015.

Austria’s Catholic bishops: Pray for victims of Vienna terror attack

Austria’s Catholic bishops have appealed for prayers for the victims of Monday night’s terror attack in Vienna.   Read more

Austrian police.

Shooting in Vienna 'apparent terrorist attack'

Exchanges of gunfire Monday night between police and unknown assailants in Vienna come after several days of apparently Islamist attacks... Read more

Attacker of religious sister arrested amid spate of anti-Catholicism in Austria

After a Catholic religious sister was attacked on a bus in Austria, police have arrested a 19-year-old Afghan, according to... Read more

Pope Francis waves to a child at an audience with representatives of the Ambulatorium Sonnenschein in St. Pölten, Austria.

Everyone is beautiful in God’s eyes, Pope Francis tells children with autism spectrum disorder

Pope Francis told children with autism spectrum disorder Monday that everyone is beautiful in God’s eyes.   Read more

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Vatican criticizes lack of prosecutions for human trafficking

The dignity and rights of trafficking victims requires the international community to do more to prosecute and bring down traffickers,... Read more

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the archbishop of Vienna, pictured in 2015.

Cardinal Schönborn laments exodus of Austrian Catholics

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has said that he regrets that an increasing number of people are leaving the Church in Austria.   Read more

Archbishop Franz Lackner.

Austrian bishop says he launched study, but not book, on Catholic blessings for same-sex couples

The newly elected president of the Austrian bishops’ conference has sought to clarify his role in the publication of a... Read more

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn speaks at the launch of Amoris Laetitia at the Vatican April 8, 2016.

Cardinal Schönborn welcomes successor after 22 years at helm of bishops’ conference

Austria’s bishops elected a new president Tuesday, ending Cardinal Christoph Schönborn’s 22-year term at the helm of the country’s bishops’... Read more

Book calling for Catholic blessing of homosexual couples was requested by Austrian bishops' conference

A book considering how homosexual couples might receive a formal, liturgical blessing of their union in the Catholic Church was... Read more

Vienna Skyline with St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, Austria.

Public Masses to resume in Austria May 15

Public Masses will resume in Austria from May 15, the country’s chancellor has said.  Read more

European Court of Human Rights.

European court upholds conviction of woman accused of insulting Muhammed

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) this week upheld a conviction against an Austrian woman who called the Islamic... Read more