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Christian, Jewish, Muslim prayers for Habsburg

Riflemen carry the coffins of Otto von Habsburg and his wife Regina in Mariazell, Austria Tuesday July 12, 2011. The oldest son of Austria-Hungary's last emperor and longtime head of one of Europe's most influential families had died Monday July 4, 2011 at the age of 98. His wife had died in 2010. Now the couple will be reunited. The burial is scheduled for Saturday July 16, 2011 in Vienna. Riflemen carry the coffins of Otto von Habsburg and his wife Regina in Mariazell, Austria Tuesday July 12, 2011. The oldest son of Austria-Hungary's last emperor and longtime head of one of Europe's most influential families had died Monday July 4, 2011 at the age of 98. His wife had died in 2010. Now the couple will be reunited. The burial is scheduled for Saturday July 16, 2011 in Vienna. (AP Photo/dapd Hans Punz)
July 14, 2011

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VIENNA—Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders have gathered in prayer at the Vienna church where the coffins of the son of Austria's last emperor and his wife are lying in state.

Praying Thursday for Otto Von Habsburg and his wife, Regina, were Auxiliary Bishop Stephan Turnovszky, Rabbi Steven Langnas and Chief Mufti Mustafa Ceric of Sarajevo.

Karl Habsburg, the oldest son of the late couple, said his father believed in religious tolerance, noting that the Austro-Hungarian empire encompassed believers of all three religions.

Habsburg died July 4 at age 98 in southern Germany. His wife died last year.

The dynasty ruled for more than seven centuries until the end of World War I.

They will be buried Saturday in a pomp-filled ceremony at the Emperor Tomb in Vienna.

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