Vatican Dispatch

Faith Vatican Dispatch
Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis’ chief financial adviser and Australia's most senior Catholic, is the highest-ranking Vatican official to ever be charged in the church’s long-running sexual abuse scandal.
Pope Francis embraces Cardinal Juan Jose Omella of Barcelona, Spain, as the pontiff leads a consistory in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican June 28. The Spaniard was one of five men elevated to cardinal at the service. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O'ConnellJune 28, 2017
Jesus “has not called you to become ‘princes’ in the church,” the pope said, but “to serve like him and with him.”
Pope Francis laughs as he greets a woman during an audience with people from Lyon, France, in Paul VI hall at the Vatican July 6. The audience was with 200 people living in difficult or precarious situations. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O'ConnellJune 27, 2017
The pope's words can be read as an answer to those who hope his pontificate may end soon.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O'ConnellJune 21, 2017
Pope Francis encouraged Cardinal Lacroix and the bishops from Quebec to be a missionary church, “a church that goes out, reaches out to people.”
South Sudanese Catholics pray during Mass in 2011 at a church in Juba (CNS photo/ Mohmaed Messara, EPA).
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O'ConnellJune 21, 2017
The war has “caused a grave humanitarian crisis that has left half of the country’s population, around 7.3 million people, hungry every day."
Pope Francis smiles with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer, left, on the occasion of their private audience, at the Vatican, Saturday, June 17, 2017. (Ettore Ferrari/Pool Photo via AP)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O'ConnellJune 17, 2017
This was the pope and chancellor's sixth meeting.