Vatican Dispatch

Pope Francis meets with the leadership of the Chilean bishops' conference at the Vatican on Jan. 14 to talk about the sex abuse crisis affecting the church in Chile. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Gerard O’Connell January 16, 2019
The pope wants the February summit “to be an assembly of pastors, not an academic conference—a meeting characterized by prayer and discernment, a catechetical and working gathering.”
“The reappearance of some populist and nationalist impulses today is progressively weakening the multilateral system,” Pope Francis said, “resulting in a general lack of trust, a crisis of credibility in international political life and a gradual marginalization of the most vulnerable members of the family of nations.” In December thousands marched in an outpouring of discontent with the autocratic rule of nationalist president Aleksandar Vucic. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)
Gerard O’Connell January 07, 2019
“The reappearance of some populist and nationalist impulses today is progressively weakening the multilateral system,” Pope Francis said, “resulting in a general lack of trust, a crisis of credibility in international political life and a gradual marginalization of the most vulnerable members of
Gerard O’Connell January 06, 2019
It is not enough to know that Jesus was born, like Herod, if we do not encounter him.
Gerard O’Connell December 31, 2018
Alessandro Gisotti, an Italian journalist who is the social media coordinator for the Dicastery for Communications, has been appointed by the pope as interim director.
Pope Francis delivers his Christmas blessing "urbi et orbi" (to the city and the world) from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Dec. 25. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Gerard O’Connell December 25, 2018
Francis prayed for peace, and said that "without the fraternity that Jesus Christ has bestowed on us, our efforts for a more just world fall short."
Gerard O’Connell December 21, 2018
“Be converted and hand yourselves over to human justice, and prepare yourselves for the divine justice.”