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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

Pope Francis waves during a visit to give an Easter blessing to homes in a public housing complex in Ostia, a Rome suburb on the Mediterranean Sea, May 19 (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano).
Faith Vatican Dispatch
May 22, 2017
Vatican leaders seem quietly confident that the meeting will go well.
Faith Dispatches
May 21, 2017
The new cardinals named by Pope Francis come from El Salvador, Laos, Mali, Spain and Sweden.
Palestinian protesters run for cover from tear gas fired by Israeli troops in clashes on May 15 during a protest in the West Bank town of Bethlehem marking the 69th anniversary of their uprooting. Palestinians call the 1948 uprooting "nakba" or catastrophe. (CNS photo/Ammar Awad, Reuters)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
May 15, 2017
The conflict is almost certain to be on the agenda for discussion when President Trump comes to the Vatican.
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
May 13, 2017
Pope says he will not pre-judge Trump and that Marie Collins had some good reasons for her resignation from the sex abuse commission.
Pope Francis embraces Lucas Batista from Brazil as offertory gifts are presented during the canonization Mass of Sts. Francisco and Jacinta Marto.
Faith
May 13, 2017
Pope Francis made history by canonizing Jacinta and Francisco Marto, the first child saints who are not martyrs.
Pilgrims arrive at the Marian shrine of Fatima May 10 in central Portugal (CNS photo/Paulo Cunha, EPA).
Faith Vatican Dispatch
May 11, 2017
One million pilgrims are expected to join Pope Francis in Fatima on May 12 to 13 for the centenary celebration of the apparitions of Our Lady to three Portuguese shepherd children.
Portuguese shepherd children Lucia dos Santos, center, and her cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, are seen in a file photo taken around the time of the 1917 apparitions of Mary at Fatima. (CNS photo/EPA)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
May 10, 2017
On Saturday Pope Francis will canonize two of the children who saw the Marian apparitions in 1917.
Pope Francis greets Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Myanmar, during a private audience at the Vatican May 4. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
May 04, 2017
The Vatican made the announcement after a meeting between Pope Francis and Aung San Suu Kyi, de facto leader of Myanmar.
Pope Francis listens to a question from Vera Shcherbakova of the Itar-Tass news agency while talking with journalists aboard his flight from Cairo to Rome April 29. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
April 29, 2017
The situation in North Korea, he added, has been heated for a long time, "but now it seems it has heated up too much, no?"
Pope Francis greets children dressed as pharaohs and in traditional dress as he arrives to celebrate Mass at the Air Defense Stadium in Cairo April 29. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
April 29, 2017
Francis took the risk, trusting in God. His decision transmitted a message of hope on the political front to all Egyptians, Christians and Muslims alike, who are well aware that their country is today a target for ISIS terrorists and is engaged in a battle against terrorism.