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Once upon a time there was a prince named Blessed Karl von Habsburg…
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“Charles (German, Karl) the First, By the Grace of God, Emperor of Austria, Apostolic King of Hungary, of this name the Fourth, King of Bohemia, Dalmatia, Croatia, Slavonia, and Galicia, Lodomeria, and Illyria; King of Jerusalem, Archduke of Austria; Grand Duke of Tuscany and Cracow, Duke of Lorraine and of Salzburg, of Styria, of Carinthia . . . ”
During World War I the Emperor Charles was constrained to sign a document resigning all powers of government, but denied he had gone so far as to abdicate, which he said he never would do, as he hoped when peace returned, to be recalled to the throne.
Blessed Emperor Charles of Austria, pray for us.
I had never heard of them before, but they are truly saints for our times.
Karol Woytyla was named for the Emperor Karl, according to George Weigel in his biography of JPII.
Interesting– no mention of the “poison gas” controversy? Did he–or did he not– bear any measure of responsibility??
(Then again, measured against all the rest, or at least against everything mentioned in that article….)
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