Vatican Dispatch

Gerard O’Connell January 20, 2020
Pope Francis firmly condemned “every form of anti-Semitism” on the eve of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
Pope Francis welcomes Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi to the Vatican Jan. 17, 2020. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Gerard O’Connell January 17, 2020
The Vatican revealed that the pope and president discussed “the good existing bilateral relations” between the Holy See and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and expressed “satisfaction” at the ratification of the framework agreement between the two countries on matters of mutual interest.
Gerard O’Connell January 15, 2020
The pope has named Francesca Di Giovanni, an Italian lay woman, to be the second undersecretary of the secretariat’s Section for the Relations with States.
Gerard O’Connell January 14, 2020
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI did not co-author the book ‘From the Depths of Our Hearts’ with Cardinal Robert Sarah and asked to have his name removed as co-author, according to Archbishop Georg Gänswein.
Pope Francis pays a pre-Christmas visit to Pope Benedict XVI on Dec. 21, 2018, in the Mater Ecclesiae monastery, where the retired pope lives. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Gerard O’Connell January 12, 2020
They call on the church “not to be impressed” by “the bad advocacies, the diabolical lies, the erroneous ways by which they wished to devalue priestly celibacy” in the media reporting of that synod.
Pope Francis greets Cardinal Angelo Sodano, now dean emeritus of the College of Cardinals, during his annual audience to give Christmas greetings to members of the Roman Curia at the Vatican Dec. 21, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Francis also changed the norms of the office so that the dean would be elected to a five-year term renewable only once.