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Cardinal Christoph Schönborn



Archbishop of Vienna

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, O.P., was born on January 22, 1945 in Skalken, Bohemia. In 1991, he was appointed titular Bishop of Sutri and Auxiliary of Vienna and has been Archbishop of Vienna since September 1995. He also serves as Ordinary for the faithful of the Byzantine rite in Austria. He was made Cardinal Priest of Gesù Divin Lavoratore in 1998. Since 1998, he has been President of the Austrian Bishops’ Conference. In 1963, he joined the Dominican Order, studying Philosophy, Psychology, and Theology in Walberberg near Bonn, Regensburg, Vienna and Paris. He was ordained as priest in 1970 and completed a doctorate in Paris 1974. From 1975 to 1991, he was professor for Catholic Dogmatic Theology in Fribourg (Switzerland). From 1980 to 1995, he was member of the International Theological Commission and from 1987 to 1992 editing secretary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Cardinal Schönborn is a member of the congregations for the Doctrine of the Faith, for the Oriental Churches and for Catholic Education. He also serves on the pontifical councils for Culture, for Promoting New Evangelization and on the XIII Ordinary Council of the Secretariat General of the Synod of Bishops. He has been a member of the International Commission of Theologians since 1980 and the Pro Oriente foundation since 1984.