Vatican Dispatch

Gerard O’Connell October 17, 2020
After being received in private audience by Pope Francis last Monday, Cardinal George Pell concluded an unforgettable week by celebrating his first public Mass in Rome since his return to the Vatican on Sept. 30.
A worker for the humanitarian group Consornoc registers Venezuelan migrants arriving in late September in Pamplona, Colombia. Consornoc hands out backpacks with food that are supplied by Caritas France. (CNS photo/Manuel Rueda)
Gerard O’Connell October 13, 2020
“We’re on the brink,” Cardinal Czerny said, because people are suffering from “a health collapse and an economic collapse, at the same moment as the Paris Climate Agreement I.O.U.s are coming in and there is a migrant situation that is dire.”
Gerard O’Connell October 08, 2020
Dr. Anna Rowlands told America that Pope Francis "“gets populism. He gets what is the drive toward it and he rescues the notion of what it means to be ‘a people’ from the hands of the populists."
Gerard O’Connell October 05, 2020
Jude Mohamed Mahmoud Abdel Salem, an advisor to the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, praised Pope Francis as being dedicated to achieving "human fraternity."
Pope Francis signs his new encyclical, "Fratelli Tutti, on Fraternity and Social Friendship" after celebrating Mass at the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy, Oct. 3, 2020. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Gerard O’Connell October 04, 2020
The encyclical letter “Fratelli Tutti” returns to many major themes of Francis’ papacy, reports America’s Gerard O’Connell, but incorporated into a grand vision of social friendship and international cooperation.
The dome of St. Peter's Basilica is pictured at the Vatican. Church officials released the 2019 budget report Oct. 1, 2020. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Gerard O’Connell October 01, 2020
Father Guerrero emphasized that the Roman Curia is not like a corporation or company seeking to make profit: “Our mission will always tend to produce deficits, it will never generate enough funds [for our needs].”