Vatican Dispatch

Gerard O’Connell April 12, 2019
On March 23, Pope Francis appointed the Spanish-born Capuchin friar, Bishop Celestino Aos Braco as apostolic administrator of the archdiocese of Santiago, Chile.
Colombian riot police block the way to the Colombian side in the Colombian-Venezuelan border in Cucuta on April 2. (CNS photo/Ferley Ospina, Reuters) 
Gerard O’Connell April 09, 2019
The executive branch headed by President Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela “lacks legitimacy” but has de facto power, while Mr. Guaidó has legitimacy but not executive power. Venezuela in effect has two governments.
A South Sudanese girl is seen at the Nguenyyiel refugee camp in Gambella, Ethiopia, in October 2017. (CNS photo/Tiksa Negeri, Reuters)
Gerard O’Connell April 09, 2019
The Vatican described the retreat as “a propitious occasion for reflection and prayer, as well as an occasion for encounter and reconciliation.”
Baroness Helena Ann Kennedy, director of the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute, and Leonardo Javier Raznovich, member of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights, talk with journalists in Rome April 5, 2019. Photo by Gerard O'Connell.
Gerard O’Connell April 05, 2019
The delegates requested that the church declare that “human dignity implies the respect of every person as created by God” and “hence criminalization of L.G.B.T. people is today a manifestation of irrational hatred for that which is different from the norm and that homophobia is, in effect, a
Young pilgrims display a banner that says "Pope Francis One of us" as the pontiff celebrates Mass for the Youth Jubilee in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican in April 2016. (CNS photo/Ettore Ferrari, EPA)
Gerard O’Connell April 02, 2019
This dark moment, he writes, with the help of young people “can truly be an opportunity for a reform of epoch-making significance, opening us to a new Pentecost and inaugurating a new stage of purification and change capable of renewing the Church’s youth.
Gerard O’Connell March 31, 2019
Aboard the papal plane, Francis spoke with reporters about the need to build solidarity, not barriers.