Voices
Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellDecember 08, 2019
The congregation's task has always been “the transmission and dissemination of the faith throughout the whole world.”
The Teutonic cemetery at the Vatican is seen in this 2015 file photo. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellDecember 06, 2019
In 2015, Francis had Tomasito laid to rest in the Teutonic cemetery in the Vatican, close to the place where St. Peter was executed.
Jesuit Father Arturo Sosa Abascal (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellDecember 05, 2019
Father Sosa said the Society of Jesus will also seek to respond to “the concrete requests of Pope Francis” in support of his work for the renewal of the church and its structures.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellDecember 01, 2019
"When, at Christmas, we place the statue of the Infant Jesus in the manger, the nativity scene suddenly comes alive. God appears as a child, for us to take into our arms," the pope said.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellDecember 01, 2019
“Consumerism is a virus that attacks the faith at its roots, because it makes you believe that life depends only on what you have, and so you forget God," the pope said.
Pope Francis answers questions from reporters aboard his flight from Tokyo to Rome on Nov. 26, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 26, 2019
Pope Francis faced questions regarding Vatican finances arising from recent events that have provoked concern about the possibility of mismanagement of the Peter’s Pence charity and on nuclear weapons, power and war.
Pope Francis in Japan
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 25, 2019
“We need to work together to foster awareness that if one member of our family suffers, we all suffer,” Pope Francis said.
Pope Francis speaks during a meeting for peace at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial in Hiroshima, Japan, Nov. 24, 2019.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 24, 2019
“The use of atomic energy for purposes of war is immoral, just as the possession of atomic weapons is immoral,” he said. “We will be judged on this.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 23, 2019
This is Francis’ second visit to Japan. He came here in October 1987 to visit Jesuit missionaries as provincial. 
Faith Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 22, 2019
The pope reminded priests, religious and seminarians that the fervor of evangelization “is nurtured by a double encounter: with the face of the Lord and with the faces of our brothers and sisters.”