Rome, 18 November 2008 Press release

High Austrian award for Bishop Dr. Josef Clemens

Rome, 18 November 2008 – On 17 November, Federal President Dr. Heinz Fischer presented the Secretary of the Papal Lay Council in the Vatican, Dr. Josef Clemens, with Austria’s Grand Badge of Honour in Gold with Star.

In his important function, Bishop Clemens, who was private secretary to the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger for twenty years, is particularly committed to Austrian concerns. Because of his frequent visits to Austria he is also an important communicator. The presentation at the Austrian Embassy to the Holy See was also attended by the former President of Parliament’s Federal Council, Professor Dr. Herbert Schambeck.

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