Vienna, Austria, 27 May 2012 - On the concluding day of His Holiness's visit to Austria, he met Mr Sebastian Kurz, Secretary of State (Deputy Minister) for the Interior and had a cordial conversation with him. Shortly afterwards, Cardinal Schönborn came to meet him again and His Holiness immediately expressed a wish to visit St Stephen's Cathedral. He explained that since 1975, as part of his commitment to work to promote religious harmony, he has adopted a practice of making a pilgrimage to the places of worship of other faiths whenever he can. He told the Cardinal how on several occasions in the course of silent prayer in Lourdes and Fatima, for example, and when visiting Christian monasteries, he has been very moved by the thought of the thousands of millions of individuals who have found immense benefit in the teachings of Jesus Christ.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Cardinal Schönborn meeting members of the press in Vienna, Austria, on May 27, 2012. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama attending Mass at St Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, Austria, on May 27, 2012. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL|
His Holiness the Dalai Lama with the Mongolian Ambassador to Austria, staff and friends, after their brief meeting in Vienna, Austria, on May 27, 2012. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama addressing Save Tibet supporters in Vienna, Austria, on May 27, 2012. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL|