Vatican Dispatch

Gerard O’Connell February 17, 2020
From the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis has been concerned about the Holy See’s diplomats, who today number around 300, their formation and spiritual life, their welfare, their difficult and sometimes dangerous situations, their problems, and how they understand their role and mission.
Gerard O’Connell February 14, 2020
The meeting “renewed the will to pursue the institutional dialogue at a bilateral level to foster the life of the Catholic Church and the good of the Chinese people.”
Gerard O’Connell February 12, 2020
In a highly significant move, Francis “officially” presents the synod’s final document, which includes the synod’s hot-button issues, to the Catholic Church worldwide.
Gerard O’Connell February 07, 2020
Father O’Connor is the first non-Mexican to lead the order that was founded in 1941 by the Mexican priest, the Rev. Marcial Maciel. Benedict XVI removed Father Marcial from public ministry in 2006, after finding him guilty of sexually abusing minors, and ordered him to spend the rest of his life in
Gerard O’Connell February 07, 2020
Pope Francis’ much awaited exhortation on the Pan-Amazonian synod will be released on Feb. 12.
A boy holds a family chicken outside his home in Steele, Ala., in this 2013 file photo. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World) 
Gerard O’Connell February 05, 2020
“The world is rich but, notwithstanding this, the [number of] poor people around us is increasing,” Pope Francis said. “Hundreds of millions of people are living in extreme poverty, lacking the bare necessities of life including food, medical care, schools, drinking water.”