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The coat of arms of Austria and Vienna on the Albertine choir roof of St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Austria’s Catholic Church reports decline in membership, rise in income

Jan 12, 2022

By CNA Staff

A total of 72,055 people formally left the Church in Austria in 2021. Read more

A statue of the Virgin Mary outside the Pfarrkirche St. Alban in Matrei in Osttirol, Austria.

‘Austria prays’: A nation turns to the rosary for an end to the pandemic

Dec 16, 2021

By CNA Staff

The prayer movement is spreading to Germany, Switzerland, and the U.S. Read more

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Austria’s Catholic bishops: ‘Temporary’ COVID-19 vaccine mandate permissible as last resort

Dec 7, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Unvaccinated Austrians could face fines of up to $675 every three months. Read more

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

Austria coronavirus lockdown: Catholic bishops tighten guidelines on church celebrations

Nov 23, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The country went into full national lockdown on Monday Read more

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Austria’s Catholic bishops: Draft assisted suicide law ‘unacceptable’

Nov 12, 2021

By CNA Staff

The bishops are taking part in a review of the law. Read more

Benedict XVI.

‘I hope that I can join them soon’: Benedict XVI sends condolence message after friend’s death

Oct 19, 2021

By CNA Staff

He said that the death of Fr. Gerhard Winkler touched him deeply. Read more

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

Jun 2, 2021

By CNA Staff

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

Apr 28, 2021

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’

Mar 30, 2021

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’

Feb 19, 2021

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

Jan 14, 2021

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

Dec 15, 2020

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

Dec 14, 2020

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

Nov 27, 2020

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

Nov 19, 2020

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

Nov 3, 2020

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'

Nov 2, 2020

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

Nov 2, 2020

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

Sep 21, 2020

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

Jul 24, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

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