Vatican Dispatch

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives at the Changi International Airport on June 10 in Singapore ahead of a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. (Ministry of Communications and Information of Singapore via AP)
Gerard O’Connell June 10, 2018
Pope Francis and Vatican diplomats have followed with growing concern the grave tensions and even threats of nuclear attacks that have been exchanged between the United States and North Korea.
Pope Francis meets with energy executives in Rome. Photo courtesy of Vatican Media.
Gerard O’Connell June 09, 2018
Pope Francis said the challenge is “to find ways of ensuring the immense supply of energy required to meet the needs of all, while developing means of using natural resources that avoid creating environmental imbalances.”
An indigenous community members attends Pope Francis' meeting with people of the Amazon in Puerto Maldonado, Peru, on Jan. 19. A Synod of Bishops on the Amazon region in 2019 will address pastoral needs of a region with few priests for the number of Catholics. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Gerard O’Connell June 08, 2018
The preparatory document for the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian Region invites input from the local churches in the nine countries of the Amazonian region.
Gerard O’Connell June 04, 2018
The pope’s encounter with the priest-victims marked the end of “the listening phase” and the beginning of actions that need to be taken.
Entrance of Pontificial Lateran University (CNS Photo/Paul Haring)
Gerard O’Connell June 03, 2018
For the first time in its 245 years, Pope Francis has appointed a married layman, Vincenzo Buonomo, to lead the university.
Chilean Father Francisco Astaburuaga Ossa talks with the media May 23 in Santiago after receiving an invitation to meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican to discuss the sexual abuse scandal. (CNS photo/Ivan Alvarado, Reuters)
Gerard O’Connell May 31, 2018
“The culture of abuse and cover-up is incompatible with the logic of the Gospel,” the pope wrote.