Monday, 10. March 2014
12. 02. 13. - 15:00
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn called the surprising resignation of Pope Benedict XVI an "historical event for the world". He has not suspected a resignation and is apparently "very concerned".
"I am naturally very concerned and very touched by his completely conscious decision", said Mr Schönborn to the ORF. "I saw him last Thursday but he did not show any signs that he would resign.
The cardinal said that it was an "impressing, strong and clear decision made due to a huge sense of responsibility." It can only be "perceived and accepted with respect".
Schönborn was, however, convinced that the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. was a personal decision and that it was thus no "precedent case".
"The burden of a pope office" would be enormous, said the cardinal. It involves public appointments, paper work, decisions and giving advice. The work would demand a lot from the 86-year-old pope. Benedict is, however, still "mentally fit" and "performs his tasks with an admiring mental and spiritual clarity and depth."
At the same time it has become clear that the pope’s body strength is fading away. In his resignation he wrote: "In order to navigate Peter’s ship and to preach the gospel, both the strength of the body and the spirit are important."
Cardinal Schönborn said one could summarize Benedict XVI.’s papacy with the motto "Reflection of the essential". He also acknowledges how the pope approached the issue of abuse and that he provided a brave impetus on how to deal with secularization.
Another F1 Driver Hospitalised by Ski Accident
Austrian Formula 1 driver Gerhard Berger, 54, suffered a broken hip and has been hospitalised after suffering an accident very similar to that of fellow ex-driver Michael Schumacher.
Austrian Relieved To Only be Dead On Paper
Austrian man Christian Kozel, 29, discovered he was dead when uniformed police officers turned up at his home in Salzburg at the weekend.
What is on at Burg Kino this week (7 March - 13 March)
See what films are on this week at the Burg Kino on the Opernring.
Police catch graffiti-villain of Vienna
A graffiti sprayer, named "Puber" has been one of the main "villains" of Vienna for almost a year. He has filled almost the half of the city with his drawings. Now, a suspect, alleged to be the notorious sprayer himself is in the police custody of Vienna and may face up to five years in prison.
Apartment sales drop in Austria
According to the brokerage firm Re/Max, the number of the real estate sales in Austria has declined around 8.3% in the last year. The exact number of properties which were sold and bought accounts to over 80,000 units, which translates into 16 billion euros. Apartments were the most popular type of property sold last year, accounting for 28,000 of the units sold, but there has still been a 9.3% decrease from the last year.
McDonalds boom in Austria
McDonald's in Austria generated 560 million Euros in sales in 2013 after introducing more branches and expanding it's product range.
Exhibition takes you on a journey with Sigmund Freud
To mark the 75th anniversary of Sigmund Freud's death, the museum dedicated to him in Vienna is holding an exhibition looking at Freud's journeys around the world, including his final one that saw him flee National Socialism in 1938.
Plastic replacing fish in the Danube
The Danube is so polluted that there are now more plastic particles than fish larvae in the water according to new research.
Ladies skiing offer at Stuhleck this weekend
In celebration of International Women's Day on Saturday 8 March, the Stuhleck ski resort in eastern Austrian is giving female skiers discount prices on ski passes.
Rediscovered 'degenerate' painting on show at Belvedere
A painting that was rediscovered in 2012, decades after it was seized by the Nazi's for being 'degenerate', is on display at the Belvedere Palace in Vienna.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Veggies suffer more health problems say Graz researchers|
|Austria releases list of Ukrainians to have assets frozen|
|Terrifying high speed dash for British school ski group|
|Vienna first city to be granted personal domain name|
|Animal rights group protest against Burberry fur in Vienna|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.