Cause for Canonization

The Beatification of Blessed Karl of Austria by Pope Saint John Paul II.

"The decisive task of Christians consists in seeking, recognizing and following God's will in all things. The Christian statesman, Charles of Austria, confronted this challenge every day. To his eyes, war appeared as "something appalling". Amid the tumult of the First World War, he strove to promote the peace initiative of my Predecessor, Benedict XV. 

From the beginning, the Emperor Charles conceived of his office as a holy service to his people. His chief concern was to follow the Christian vocation to holiness also in his political actions. For this reason, his thoughts turned to social assistance. May he be an example for all of us, especially for those who have political responsibilities in Europe today!"

Pope Saint John Paul II
Homily, Mass of Beatification
Saint Peter's Square, October 3, 2004

Prayer Service / Mass on the Evening Before the Beatification, St. Paul Outside-the-Walls, Rome

The Beatification Mass

Mass of Thanksgiving for the Beatification of Blessed Karl.

Papal Audience for Beatification Pilgrims on October 4, 2004
Audience Hall of Paul VI, Vatican City