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Cathedral Curiosities History Lines St. Stephen’s

Visitors seem well-versed in the lore of the Stephansdom. They know roughly where and what it is: a 900-year-old cathedral in the city centre dedicated to the first Christian martyr. But all too many make a beeline for the interior. In so doing they miss some of the building’s more curious features.   A pagan […]

Forgotten Armenian Treasures

Forgotten Armenian Treasures

There is nothing special about Mechitaristengasse in the 7th District, indeed few people seem aware of its existence. But look again at the door at No. 4, adorned with a sculpted bishop’s mitre. It marks the entrance to the Mekhitarist Armenian Monastery, one of Vienna’s least-known places of worship.   Venice to Vienna It’s always […]

Vienna’s Coptic Christians See Danger in the Protests

Since late January, the media have been full of the crisis in Egypt. Tuning in to any news station has been like tuning into CCTV Cairo. Even now, weeks later, things have still not settled down completely. Instead, a rift is beginning to grow in Egyptian society. Even with Mubarak gone, some are determined to […]

The God of Suffering

Do we live in a world that was created by a god who is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all good? Christians think we do. Yet a powerful reason for doubting this confronts us every day: the world contains a vast amount of pain and suffering. If God is all-knowing, he knows how much suffering there is. […]

Corpus Christi In Perchtoldsdorf

Community becomes theatre during the Corpus Christi (Fronleichnam) procession In the small town of Perchtoldsdorf, near Vienna, – which takes place 10 days after the rest of Austria and the world celebrate. Called Corpus Christi – the body of Christ, or Eucharist, that each Catholic can receive during the most important part of the mass […]

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