Rome-based associate editor Gerard O’Connell is responsible for planning and producing America’s coverage of the papacy, Vatican affairs and Rome events. He writes a weekly column in the print edition of America called “Vatican Dispatch” and files reports regularly via America’s other digital platforms.
Mr. O’Connell is an Irish-born journalist, graduate of Cambridge University (England) and has been resident in Rome for the past three decades. Mr. O’Connell began his career in journalism in 1985 when he was asked to report on the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops twenty years after the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council. Since then, he has reported on all the Synods of Bishops and, from 1990 onwards, on all of the major events at the Vatican, including the consistories and the foreign trips of John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. In these years he has written for a variety of news outlets in the English-speaking world, including: The Tablet (UK, 1990-2000), The Universe (UK, 1990- present), Our Sunday Visitor (USA), The National Catholic Reporter (USA), Inside the Vatican (USA), The Southern Cross (South Africa), and The Herald (Malaysia), UCA News (the main Catholic news agency in Asia), and Vatican Insider. He has also contributed articles for the secular media in Britain, including The Independent, The Daily Mail, The Sunday Times, The Mirror, The Scotsman, as well as The Irish Independent.