Austria: Conchita in special mass for World Aids Day 2017

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Conchita Wurst was part of a special mass celebrated for World Aids Day.

The ecumenical mass in Vienna’s Stephan’s Cathedral was an initiative of the Archdiocese Vienna and HIV/AIDS-awareness organization Life+, known of the annual Life Ball.

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn and Life Ball organizer Gery Keszler presided over the mass, Friday evening 1 December, held in honour of World Aids Day, remembering the 36 million victims of Aids who have passed away worldwide.

Special guest was artist and 2014 Eurovision winner, Conchita Wurst (Thomas Neuwirth). Conchita offered a heartfelt prayer in front of the public. Together with Conchita, the congregation prayed:

Help us, to break through all exclusion and discrimination.

Kardinal Christoph Schönborn und Live Ball Organisator Gery Keszler bei AIDS-Gedenkgottesdienst im Wiener Stephansdom.

Before the mass, a torch-light procession went from Vienna’s Westbahnhof (West Train Station) along Mariahilfer Street to Stephan’s Cathedral. The cathedral was decorated with colourful transparent drapery’s, carrying the names of victims of the Aids-epidemic.

Kardinal Christoph Schönborn und Live Ball Organisator Gery Keszler bei AIDS-Gedenkgottesdienst im Wiener Stephansdom.

Highlight of the evening was a performance of Mozart’s Requiem by the Chamber Orchestra Vienna and the Philharmonic Choir Vienna, conducted by Keri-Lynn Wilson, interpreted by tenor Levy Strauss Sekgapane, soprano Julia Novikova, mezzo-soprano Elena Maximova, and bass-baritone Andrea Mastroni.

Among the guests were National Council president Elisabeth Köstinger, former Health minister Pamela Rendi-Wagner and Viennese Aids-caretaker P. Clemens Kriz. (Source:

Conchita Wurst is a spokesperson in benefit of HIV/AIDS awareness, frequent guest of the Life Ball and ambassador of acceptance, diversity and anti-discrimination.

About Conchita Wurst

Conchita Wurst represented Austria at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark.

With her powerful ballad Rise like a phoenix, the enigmatic artist eventually won the contest, receiving 290 points. Rise like a phoenix was also awarded with the additional Marcel Bezençon Press Award.

Conchita became a successful social activist, artistic muse, fashion model and media personality, besides continuing her musical career.

Enjoy Conchita Wurst performing Rise like a phoenix at the Grand Final of Eurovision 2014:

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