Pope Francis

Police officers stand guard near the site where an explosion went off at Santa Maria church in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, Sunday, May 13, 2018. Media reports say simultaneous attacks on churches in Indonesia's second largest city of Surabaya have killed a number of people. (AP Photo/Trisnadi)
Gerard O’Connell May 13, 2018
A family of six that included two young children carried out deadly attacks on three churches in Indonesia on Sunday.
Gerard O’Connell May 11, 2018
In an extraordinary response to a widening sexual abuse crisis, Chilean bishops will arrive in Rome this weekend to participate in a summit called by Pope Francis, May 14 through 17.
The Jesuit's approach was groundbreaking because "it was not a simple reconciliation of science and faith; it was integrating, creating a single, wholistic vision because the past danger was having a radical separation" of the two.
Pope Francis greets a woman in Loppiano, Italy, May 10. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Gerard O’Connell May 10, 2018
“Never forget that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was a lay person and his first disciple.”
Pope John Paul II described the Mafia as "a culture of death, profoundly inhuman, anti-Gospel, an enemy of human dignity and civil peace.''
Pope Francis greets people during a gathering of the Neocatechumenal Way at Tor Vergata, a field on the edge of Rome, on May 5. Some 100,000 members of the movement welcomed the pope as they celebrated the 50th anniversary of the movement. Also pictured is Kiko Arguello, co-founder of the Neocatechumenal Way, playing guitar. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters) 
Gerard O’Connell May 07, 2018
A Vatican source explained that whenever the pope is invited to such a large public event he does not see the guest list in advance nor is the list checked by Vatican officials, as they trust the organizers of these gatherings to act in a responsible way.