Christoph Schönborn, photo, 1996
Schönborn, Christoph, b. Skalsken near Litoměřice, Czech Republic (then Leitmeritz), Jan. 22, 1945. Archbishop of Vienna. Grew up in Vorarlberg after his family was expelled from the Sudetenland after 1945; studies in Walberberg near Cologne (Germany), in Vienna and in Paris. Became a monk of the Dominican Order in Warburg (Germany) in 1968; ordained as a priest in 1970, 1972-1975 spiritual adviser to university students in Graz, 1975-1991 at the Department of Theology of the University of Freiburg (Switzerland), 1987-1992 university professor of Dogmatics and Eastern Churches and titular bishop of Sutri; made an important contribution to the "Catechism of the Catholic Church", which was published in 1993 as secretary of its editorial committee; from 1991 auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Vienna in charge of science, the arts and culture and all matters in connection with the compilation of the World Catechism. Since1995 Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal since 1998.
Works: Existenz im Übergang, 1987; Leben für die Kircje, 1997; Die Christus-Ikone, 1998; Die Menschen, die Kirche, das Land, 1998; Wege des Betens, 2000.