“Message of Peace” – Van der Bellen was visited by star singers

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Star singer groups from all over Austria and South Tyrol were received on Saturday by Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen and his wife Doris Schmidauer in the Vienna Hofburg.

The Head of State congratulated his young guests on behalf of all 85,000 children and young people across the country on the 70th anniversary of this year’s star singer campaign and recognized their “important message of peace”, reports the “Kathpress”.

“Sign of hope”
Van der Bellen linked the star singer’s anniversary to the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, celebrated in November. Both are “signs of hope.” The star singers are also said to be committed to the global implementation of human rights.

The Federal President especially emphasized that the children and young people involved in the campaign reached all people – “regardless of their faith, origin, social status and whether they have lived in Austria for a long or short time”. He is grateful to them for this – but also to the donors for their “important support for a better world”.

A total of 520 million euros ‘earned’
As Van der Bellen also indicated, the money from the house collection during the star singing goes to aid projects on other continents. This means that aid is provided elsewhere, such as in the Philippines, Guatemala or Tanzania, together with local initiatives. A total of 520 million euros in aid has been raised since the first star-singing campaign in 1954, the federal president of the Catholic Young Group, Teresa Millesi, in charge of the Epiphany campaign, reported during the already traditional visit to the presidential election campaign. office.

In the presidential chancellery were represented delegations of star singers from the parish of Neustift in Tyrol, from St. Martin im Sulmtal in Styria, from the parish of Melk, which belongs to the diocese of St. Pölten, from Ottensheim in Upper Austria, from Dornbirn -Hatlerdorf in Vorarlberg, and from the parishes in Burgenland Jennersdorf and Rudersdorf, from the Strasshof parish in the Archdiocese of Vienna, from St. Stefan in Gailtal (Carinthia) and also from Sand in Taufers, which belongs to the Diocese of Bozen-Brixen.

Donation presented
Each group presented a song, there were also statements by star singers, photos of the kings with the head of state and the annual blessing “20+CMB+24” written on the door. The latter stands for ‘Christus mansionem benedicat’ (Christ bless this house), but also refers to the initials for Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar, the traditional names of the three kings on the nativity scene in Bethlehem.

Van der Bellen presented his guests with a donation for the aid projects advertised this year and then invited all attendees to enjoy donuts and sausage rolls.

Also a guest at Nehammer
After visits to Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Ministers Klaudia Tanner and Gerhard Karner and President of the National Council Wolfgang Sobotka (ÖVP) and now to the Hofburg, star singer groups will also visit other well-known personalities from politics, church and society in the coming days.

Appointments are planned, among others, with Chancellor Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) and Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler (Greens), as well as with government members Norbert Totschnig, Karoline Edtstadler, Martin Kocher (all ÖVP) and Leonore Gewessler (Greens), and with the second chairman of the National Council, Doris Bures (SPÖ), and the various club presidents in the National Council.

Source: Krone

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