A REQUIEUM MASS FOR ARCHDUKE OTTO VON HABSBURG (1912-2011) AT MARIAZELL, AUSTRIA
A Requiem Mass for the soul of the Archduke Otto von Habsburg, and that of his wife, Regina, took place at the Basilica at Mariazell, Austria.
The shrine to the Blessed Virgin at Mariazell is an old one, dating back to over 850 years. Archduke Otto died on July 4th at the age of 98 in his home in Bavaria. Otto’s father, the Blessed Charles of Austria (who was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2004 ) was Emperor Charles I of Austria and King Charles IV of Hungary and reigned from 1916 until 1918. Otto’s mother was the Empress Zita, whose cause of beatification in the Roman Catholic Church was opened in 2009.
The Mass at the Basilica at Mariazell was attended by 1, 000 people including Christoph Cardinal Schoenborn in his capacity as Pope Benedict XVI’s representative. The coffins of Archduke Otto and his late wife, Regina, who died in 2010, reposed side by side, draped in the imperial Habsburg colors of yellow and black. The funeral will be held on Saturday, July 16 in Vienna, Austria.