Vatican Dispatch

Survivors of Cyclone Idai arrive at an evacuation center on March 21, 2019, in Beira, Mozambique. The African nation is one of three that Pope Francis will visit in September. (CNS photo/Denis Onyodi, Red Cross Red Crescent via Reuters) 
Gerard O’Connell August 20, 2019
Pope Francis will visit Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius in his September trip, writes Vatican correspondent Gerard O'Connell, all former colonies facing development challenges.
Gerard O’Connell August 10, 2019
The revised statutes are meant to ensure that the Vatican Bank conducts its business solely for “the works of religion and of charity.”
Pope Francis greets pilgrims as he arrives for his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican on Aug. 7. (CNS photo/Vatican Media via Reuters) 
Gerard O’Connell August 09, 2019
In a wide-ranging interview, Pope Francis warned of “sovereignism” as a force that leads to isolation and even war, and he discussed the ecological imperatives of the Synod on the Amazon.
Gerard O’Connell August 04, 2019
The 5,000-word letter focuses on four themes: pain, gratitude, encouragement and praise.
Gerard O’Connell June 30, 2019
President Trump traveled met Kim Jong-Un at the demilitarized zone along the 38th parallel that separates North and South Korea.
Demonstrators stand outside the German bishops' spring meeting in Lingen, March 11. The sexual abuse scandal and demands for reform have changed the German church, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich said March 14. (CNS photo/Harald Oppitz, KNA) 
Gerard O’Connell June 29, 2019
The synod is set to address the sexual abuse crisis as well as the lack of vocations and the non-acceptance of Catholic teaching on sexuality.