Viktor Frankl Award


Kardinal Koenig

Franz Kardinal Koenig


Cardinal DDr. Franz König, ThD, PhD,

born 1905; ordination; 1938-1945 youth minister; 1949 professor of moral theology in Salzburg; 1952-1956 Bishop Coadjutor in St. Poelten; 1956-1985 Archbishop of Vienna, from 1958 Cardinal; as member of two commissions Cardinal Koenig made essential contributions to the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). 1964 foundation of the ecclesial fund "Pro Oriente" which enabled great progress in the cooperation with the churches of Eastern Europe and Asia. 1965-1980 he was president of the Vatican Secretariat for Non-Believers, and 1985-1990 president of Pax Christi International. As emeritus Cardinal Koenig was again active in ministry.

Cardinal Franz König died in March 2004.