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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.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Catholics in China in recent years have experienced greater difficulties in the practice of their faith as a result of the crackdown on religion being carried out under the regime of President Xi Jin-ping.
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
The 90-year-old cardinal has been an outspoken defender of human rights and democracy in Hong Kong and strongly critical of Beijing for its suppression of fundamental freedoms in the city.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis’ teaching on the family hasn’t been fully embraced. This conference on “Amoris Laetitia” seeks to change that.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis is willing to help negotiate an end to the Russian war against Ukraine, but warned that religious leaders “are not clerics of the state.”
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
As the Russian attack on Ukraine entered its 67th day, Pope Francis called on Catholics worldwide to pray the rosary every day during the month of May for peace.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
“I am ready to do everything to stop the war,” the pope said in an interview with La Nación. “Everything!”
Pope Francis burns incense as he venerates an icon of the risen Jesus during Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 17, 2022. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
“Let us allow the peace of Christ to enter our lives, our homes, our countries!” Pope Francis pleaded.
Pope Francis greets the crowd after celebrating Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on April 10, 2022. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
On Palm Sunday, Pope Francis made an appeal to “lay down the arms in Ukraine” and asked, “What kind of a victory would it be to plant a flag on a heap of ruins?”
FaithInterviews
Gerard O’Connell
In this exclusive interview, Canadian Archbishop Don Bolen shares the significance of the pope’s meeting with Indigenous survivors of Canada’s residential schools and what he expects from the pope’s pledged visit to Canada.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
It had been rumored for some time that Pope Francis would appoint the internationally well-known and much-liked Ghanaian cardinal to another high-level position in the Holy See.