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1. Bl. Charles was born in Persenbeug Castle on 17 August 1887 in Melk, Lower Austria to Archduke Otto and Princess Maria Josephine of Saxony. He received a solid Catholic education,

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2. and had a strong devotion to the Eucharist.

He married Princess Zita of Bourbon and Parma, and together they had eight children.

The assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand in 1914 marked the beginning of the First World War.
3. Upon the death of his great-uncle, Emperor Francis Joseph, Charles became emperor and king of Hungary. He saw his office as a mandate from God and as a way to implement Christian charity and social reform.
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