Vatican Dispatch

Pope Francis speaks during an evening meeting with Italian young adults at the Circus Maximus in Rome Aug. 11. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
It is true that “sometimes we are the ones who betray the Gospel,” the pope said.
 Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Aug. 1. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Gerard O’Connell August 02, 2018
The revised teaching declares that the death penalty is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person, and that the church works "for its abolition worldwide."
Gerard O’Connell July 30, 2018
Archbishop Wilson of Adelaide is the highest-ranking Catholic bishop to be convicted and sentenced for failure to report a case of abuse.
Gerard O’Connell July 07, 2018
Pope Francis prays for peace with Christian leaders.
Demonstrators line up alongside a fence inside the Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego on June 23 during a rally in support of immigrant families who had been separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. (CNS photo/David Maung)
Gerard O’Connell July 06, 2018
“Before the challenges of contemporary movements of migration, the only reasonable response is one of solidarity and mercy,” Pope Francis said as he celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on July 6 for migrants and refugees.
Gerard O’Connell July 05, 2018
Pope Francis has appointed Paolo Ruffini, 61, an Italian layperson with wide experience in print, radio and television, as the new Prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication.