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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell February 19, 2019
Arturo Sosa, S.J., the superior general of the Society of Jesus, today made public the four main reference points that are to guide the life and work of the Jesuits over the next 10 years.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell February 18, 2019
The Vatican will live-stream all the keynote speeches and the interventions of Pope Francis at the upcoming summit on the protection of minors.
Faith News
Gerard O’Connell February 16, 2019
Pope Francis has recognized the dismissal from the clerical state, also known as laicization, of Theodore McCarrick, 88, the former cardinal and emeritus archbishop of Washington.
 Chicago Cardinal Blase J. Cupich leads a catechesis session for World Youth Day pilgrims at the Parish of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Panama City Jan. 25, 2019. (CNS photo/Chaz Muth
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell February 13, 2019
Cardinal Cupich expects the summit to clarify “to all that they are not alone in implementing measures and that they have to resolve as a body, as the college of bishops, to own this issue.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell February 05, 2019
During a 45-minute press conference on the flight from Abu Dhabi to Rome, Pope Francis answered questions about whether the Holy See would be ready to act as a mediator to avoid a civil war in Venezuela, the problem of the sexual abuse of nuns by clergy in the Catholic Church and the humanitarian
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell February 05, 2019
Pope Francis made history this morning when he celebrated Mass for more than 135,000 Catholics from many nations and cultures at the Zayed Sports stadium in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
Pope Francis, right, and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Ahmed el-Tayeb pose for a photo at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Feb. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell February 04, 2019

“There is no alternative: We either build the future together or there will not be a future,” Pope Francis said frankly in an important keynote address to participants at the high-level inter-religious meeting in Abu Dhabi on Feb. 4.

Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell February 03, 2019
Today the only Christians in the Arabian Peninsula are migrants, and the pope’s visit is a cause of great joy for them.
A makeshift camp for internally displaced people near Sanaa, Yemen, on Jan. 28. The United Nations says one child dies every 10 minutes in Yemen. (CNS photo/Khaled Abdullah, Reuters)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell February 03, 2019
A Saudi Arabia-led coalition, of which the U.A.E. is a member, has so far not respected international accords to help end a crisis in which 10 million people risk starvation.
Pope Francis will visit the Great Mosque of Sheik Zayed, one of the largest in the world and the most important place of worship in the country. (iStock/HeiFi)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell February 02, 2019
Pope Francis will visit Abu Dhabi to attend an international interfaith meeting on “Human Fraternity,” organized by Muslim leaders, and will celebrate Mass for migrant workers in the United Arab Emirates.