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Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, born into noble family but dependent on charity

2013-03-08

At the age of 18, Chirstoph Schönborn enrolled in the Dominican Order. He studied philosophy, Theology, psychology, as well as Slavic languages and Byzantine Christianity in universities in Germany, Austria and France. At 25 he was ordained a priest and worked in Austria and Switzerland. He was Joseph Ratzinger's student in Regensburg and says simplicity is the key to finding life's true meaning.

CARD. CHRISTOPH SCHÖNBORN
Archbishop of Vienna (Austria)
February 1, 2008
"Charity is the source of mercy because Deus Caritas est, God is charity. Where does his merciful love come for us? God is mercy. We must have compassion for those in misery, for all of us in the misery of sin and suffering. God shows us his charity in the form of mercy. Hope is deep down the expression of trust as an answer to a merciful God.”
 
Between 1987 and 1992, Cardinal Schönborn worked with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in drafting the Catholic Church's catechism. In 1991, John Paul II named him auxiliary bishop of Vienna and four years later, archbishop of the city. In 1996 he led the spiritual exercises for John Paul II, and was created cardinal in 1998.


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