(5 Oct.2006): -Pope Benedict XVI received in audience Thursday, 5th Oct.
the President of the Federal Republic of Austria - Mr Heinz Fischer. During the brief
cordial meeting, the Pontiff and the Austrian President discussed topics on the activity
of the Catholic Church in Austrian society and expressed satisfaction on the good
relations existing between the Holy See and Austria. They also dwelt on themes on
a world level, especially that of the promotion of dialogue between cultures and religions,
in particular between Christianity and Islam, and the refusal of any form of terrorism.
President Heinz renewed an official invitation to the Pope to visit the Marian Sanctuary
of Mariazell next year, which the Pontiff accepted willingly. Mr Fischer also met
Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarciscio Bertone.