Vatican Dispatch

Gerard O’Connell April 15, 2018
The pope’s first comments on Syria since the missile attacks
In a letter to Chilean bishops, Pope Francis says he hopes to meet with Chilean sex abuse victims. "I apologize to all those who I have offended," he said. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 
Gerard O’Connell April 11, 2018
Pope Francis admitted that he had badly misjudged the situation in Chile, or as he put it: “I fell into serious errors in the evaluation and perception of the situation, due especially to the lack of true and balanced information.”
 Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 4. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Gerard O’Connell April 09, 2018
Francis' “modest goal” is “to re-propose the call to holiness in a practical way for our own time.”
A Vatican police officer at St. Peter's Square during Easter Mass, April 1. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Gerard O’Connell April 07, 2018
Msgr. Carlo Cappella, who had served in the Vatican embassy in Washington, D.C., has been under criminal investigation since his recall from the U.S. last September.
Pope Francis gestures during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 4. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Gerard O’Connell April 05, 2018
Pope Francis' third apostolic exhortation will emphasize “the call to holiness in the contemporary world,” echoing Vatican II's “Lumen Gentium.”
A girl reads a Bible during Mass in the state-approved Xuanwumen Catholic Church in Bejing, China, in December 2016. (CNS photo/How Hwee Young, EPA) 
Gerard O’Connell March 28, 2018
The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong said, “Pope Francis promotes the Holy See’s negotiations with China for the good of the church, to bring something good to the church and to the whole of humanity.”