Sunday, June 21, 1998 Published at 05:19 GMT 06:19 UK
Pope beatifies Austrian nun
The Pope with Vienna's Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn preparing for mass
The Pope ended his three-day visit to Austria with an open-air mass in Vienna, where he beatified three Austrians.
The mass took place in the Heldenplatz - the square where vast crowds applauded Hitler after Nazi Germany annexed Austria in 1938.
The beatification is part of a move to repair the damage done by the church's slowness to recognise Christians who stood up against the Third Reich.
But the new archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, said some people had lost confidence in the Pope and the bishops.
On Saturday, liberal Roman Catholics in the city of Sankt-Poelten waved 1,000 black balloons in protest at their local traditionalist bishop as the Pope came to the city to celebrate an open-air mass.
Although Cardinal Groer resigned in April and went into exile in Germany, conservative Austrian bishops and the Vatican have consistently blocked attempts to make all the facts known.
Liberal Catholics are also pushing for fundamental reforms within the Roman Catholic Church, such as admitting women to the priesthood and abolishing the rule of celibacy.
On Saturday, some local church leaders boycotted the event, while liberal Catholic supporters who attended it handed out leaflets urging the Pope to sack Bishop Krenn.