Vatican Dispatch

Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellDecember 10, 2017
Sources in the Vatican say they cannot understand how President Trump’s decision to recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel can be in the best interests of the United States.
Beatrice Fihn, the executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) holds two paper cranes in Oslo on Dec. 9. (AP Photo/David Keyton)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellDecember 10, 2017
The pope was lauded at the presentation of the Nobel Peace Prize for condemning the “false sense of security” of nuclear weapons.
A woman prays on the Via Dolorosa in the Old City of Jerusalem on Sept. 11. The city is considered sacred to Christians, Jews and Muslims. (CNS photo/Debbie Hill)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellDecember 06, 2017
Without naming President Trump, the pope urged all nations to "respect the status quo" of Jerusalem in accordance with United Nations resolutions.
A Rohingya refugee is seen at the Palong Khali refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Oct. 23.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 29, 2017
The pope’s coming “will be a message of hope,” Cardinal D’Rozario said.
Pope Francis greets Bhaddanta Kumarabhivasma, chairman of the supreme council of Buddhist monks, during a Nov. 29 meeting with monks of the council at the Kaba Aye Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 29, 2017

Pope Francis called on Catholics and Buddhists in Myanmar “to be united” in order “to heal the wounds of conflict that through the years have divided people of different cultures, ethnicities and religious convictions.” He reminded them that to achieve this unity it is necessary “to surmount all

Pope Francis wears a gift as he arrives with Aung San Suu Kyi, state counselor and foreign minister of Myanmar, for a meeting with government authorities, members of civil society and the diplomatic corps at the Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Nov. 28. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 28, 2017
The pope's audience included government ministers, civic leaders, military officials, cardinals and bishops, and about 200 lay people and the world’s media.