Friedrich Prince zu Schwarzenberg

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His Eminence
Friedrich Prince zu Schwarzenberg
Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church, Archbishop of Prague
Church Roman Catholic
Archdiocese Prague
Installed 15 August 1850
Term ended 27 March 1885
Predecessor Alois Josef, Freiherr von Schrenk
Successor Franziskus von Paula Graf von Schönborn
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Ordination history of
Friedrich Prince zu Schwarzenberg
Diaconal ordination
Ordained by Archbishop Augustin of Salzburg (1823–1835)
Date of ordination 23 July 1833
Place of ordination Court Chapel, Salzburg
Priestly ordination
Ordained by Archbishop Augustin of Salzburg (1823–1835)
Date of ordination 25 July 1833
Place of ordination Court Chapel, Salzburg
Episcopal consecration
Date of consecration 1 February 1836
Place of consecration Salzburg Cathedral
Elevated by Pope Gregor XVI
Date of elevation 21 January 1842
Personal details
Birth name HSH Prince Friedrich Johann Joseph Cölestin zu Schwarzenberg, etc. etc.
Born (1809-04-06)April 6, 1809
Vienna Austria
Died March 27, 1885(1885-03-27) (aged 75)
Vienna Austria
Denomination Roman Catholic
Residence Archbishop's Palace, Prague
Parents Prince Joseph II. zu Schwarzenberg and Princess Pauline von Arenberg
Previous post Archbishop of Salzburg (1836-1849)
Education Doctor of Theology
Coat of arms Friedrich Prince zu Schwarzenberg's coat of arms

Friedrich Prince zu Schwarzenberg, or in Czech Bedřich prince ze Schwarzenberg (April 6, 1809 in Vienna, Austria – March 27, 1885 in Vienna, Austria) was a Catholic Cardinal of the nineteenth century in Austria and the Kingdom of Bohemia and a member of the House of Schwarzenberg.


Archbishop`s personal seal

He was the youngest child of John Joseph, Prince of Schwarzenberg and of his wife Pauline d'Arenberg and brother to Austrian Prime Minister Felix, Prince of Schwarzenberg. He was christened as Friedrich Johann Joseph Cölestin. After his mother was incinerated during a ball given in Paris in celebration of Napoleon's marriage to Marie Louise of Austria, he was placed under the care of Father Lorenz Greif and soon devoted himself to studying for the priesthood. Friedrich began his theological studies at Salzburg but completed his last year of theology in Vienna, where he was ordained to the priesthood at the age of 24. Friedrich was thought so highly of, that a papal dispensation was requested to elevate him to Archbishopric of Salzburg in 1835 even though he was not, according to canon law, old enough.

As Archbishop of Salzburg, his main priority over the following decade was the elimination of Protestantism in his diocese. Whilst he accepted the imperial resolution of 1837 demanding the emigration of Protestants, it turned out that Friedrich was deeply ambivalent because he knew that demanding Protestants to leave in such a way would adversely affect the lives of their families, especially their children. He was also a major patron of the arts and of charities during these years, establishing a major college for the study of music.

He was named a cardinal at the age of thirty-three in 1842 and after the Protestant issue had settled, he turned his focus to improving diocesan government through more regular meetings of bishops, as had been decreed by the Council of Trent. This did not prove a great success and Schwarzenberg was transferred to the see of Prague by Pope Pius IX in 1850, having been elect its Archbishop a year before. During his long period in Prague (1849 - 1885), Schwarzenberg's chief focus was on the relationship between Church and State in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, however the success he achieved in this role was at best moderate.

He did not participate in the conclave of 1846 because it was difficult owing to the prevailing political situation for him to travel to Rome, but participated in the conclave of 1878, when he was one of four men still alive who were already cardinals when Pius IX was elected for the longest papal reign in history. The others were Luigi Amat di San Filippo e Sorso, Fabio Maria Asquini and Domenico Carafa della Spina di Traetto.

He died in March 27, 1885 [1] after a long period of poor health as the last surviving cardinal elevated by Pope Gregory XVI and a prist-jubilant.

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 6 April 1809 – 23 July 1833: His Serene Highness Prince Friedrich zu Schwarzenberg
  • 23 July 1833 – 25 July 1833: The Reverend Deacon Prince Friedrich zu Schwarzenberg
  • 25 July 1833 – 1 February 1836: The Reverend Priest Prince Friedrich zu Schwarzenberg
  • 1 February 1836 – 21 January 1842: His Excellency Prince Friedrich zu Schwarzenberg, Archbishop of Salzburg
  • 21 January 1842 – 15 August 1850: His Eminence Prince Friedrich zu Schwarzenberg, Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church, Archbishop of Salzburg
  • 15 August 1850 – 27 March 1885: His Eminence Prince Friedrich zu Schwarzenberg, Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church, Archbishop of Prague


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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Augustin Johann Joseph Gruber
Archbishop of Salzburg
Succeeded by
Maximilian Joseph von Tarnóczy
Preceded by
Alois Josef svobodný pán Schrenk
Archbishop of Prague
Succeeded by
Franziskus von Paula Graf von Schönborn