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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent and author of The Election of Pope Francis: An Inside Story of the Conclave That Changed History. He has been covering the Vatican since 1985.
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Gerard O’Connell
Amid a tense and volatile situation in Eastern Europe, Pope Francis today called for prayers worldwide.
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Gerard O’Connell
Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra, the two most senior advisors to Pope Francis, have tested positive for Covid-19 and are in quarantine.
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Gerard O’Connell
“Multilateral diplomacy is thus called to be truly inclusive,” the pope said, “not canceling but cherishing the differences and sensibilities that have historically marked various peoples.”
Pope Francis venerates a figurine of the baby Jesus at the beginning of Mass for the feast of Mary, Mother of God, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Jan. 1, 2022. (CNS photo/Guglielmo Mangiapane, Reuters)
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Gerard O’Connell
Preaching on the feast of Mary, Mother of God, Pope Francis denounced widespread violence against women.
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Gerard O’Connell
The pope, who celebrated his 85th birthday on Dec. 17, is not planning to slow down — and there appears to be no resignation or conclave on the horizon.
Pope Francis arrives for an audience to exchange Christmas greetings with members of the Roman Curia in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican Dec. 23, 2021. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
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Gerard O’Connell
The pope’s talk was aimed at promoting a synodal culture, rooted in humility, at the heart of the central government of the church.
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Gerard O’Connell
In his message for the 2022 World Day of Peace, Pope Francis proposed three paths to peace: dialogue between the generations, greater investment in education and job creation.
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Gerard O’Connell
A new document from the Vatican congregation that oversees Mass and the sacraments offers responses to questions some bishops have asked about restrictions on the celebration of the pre-Vatican II liturgical rite.
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Pope Francis, who turned 85 on Dec. 17, is “looking well and in good health,” Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the archbishop of Mumbai, said in an exclusive interview with America’s Vatican correspondent.
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Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis arrived at the foot of the statue of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception at 6:15 a.m. and prayed for “the miracle of cure for the many sick people” in today’s world.