Vatican Dispatch

Gerard O’Connell February 15, 2018
Pope Francis “normally” meets with victims of abuse on Fridays, and “sometimes this is known and sometimes it is not known.”
Gerard O’Connell February 15, 2018
“With God’s help, we can remain strong and resolute to resist evil in all its manifestations.”
Gerard O’Connell February 07, 2018
This makes one hope for a world in which conflicts are resolved peacefully through dialogue and mutual respect, as sport also teaches.
Pope Francis talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan during a private meeting Feb. 5 at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Alessandro Di Meo via Reuters)
Gerard O’Connell February 05, 2018
In the period in between their two meetings, the Turkish leader squashed a weak attempt at a coup and has imprisoned thousands of opponents.
Gerard O’Connell February 04, 2018

Pope Francis has called for a "special day of prayer and fasting for peace in the world" on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, particularly for peace in the conflict-stricken nations of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan.

In this March 23, 2007 photo, Pope Benedict XVI and Ireland President Mary McAleese pose for photographers prior to a private audience the pontiff granted her at the Vatican (AP Photo/Alberto Pizzoli, Pool, file).
Mary McAleese, who has a gay son and has criticized the church’s position on L.G.B.T. issues, was invited to participate in a panel discussion on women in church governance.