Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellDecember 06, 2018
Francis is the first pope to visit the oil-rich United Arab Emirates, a majority-Muslim country of 10 million people.
Pope Francis leads an audience with faculty and staff of the Jesuits' International College of the Gesu at the Vatican Dec. 3. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellDecember 03, 2018
Although he was addressing some 60 staff and students from the Gesu in Rome, Francis’ message seemed to be addressed to the worldwide Jesuit community.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 30, 2018
The Vatican today announced the approval of its application to a payment-integration initiative of the European Union for simplification of bank transfers in the euro currency.
Archbishop Charles Scicluna, center, has been chosen as part of a steering committee to lead the meeting of bishops’ conferences from around the world in February. (CNS photo/courtesy Archdiocese of Santiago) 
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 23, 2018
The Vatican announced today the archbishop will serve on a committee overseeing the bishops’ meeting along with Cardinals Blase Cupich and Oswald Gracias and Jesuit Father Hans Zollner.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 16, 2018
"So many ordinary people are suffering,” said Father Cedric Prakash, S.J. He has spent the last three years working with the Jesuit Refugee Service in the Middle East and North Africa Region.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 15, 2018
An Italian court has ordered Archbishop Viganò to pay back to his brother more than $2 million, which he had, according to the Italian press, “illegally and illegitimately” taken from him over many years.
Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta arrives in Osorno, Chile, on June 14, beginning a pastoral mission to promote healing in the wake of a clerical sexual abuse crisis. (CNS photo/courtesy of Archdiocese of Santiago)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 13, 2018
The pope’s decision gives the Maltese archbishop the lead role in the fight against abuse in the church and in the protection of minors.
A military officer plays the original Armistice bugle from 1918 under the Arc de Triomphe on Nov. 11, 2018, in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, Pool)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 11, 2018
From Rome, Pope Francis had a pointed message for world leaders gathered to mark the armistice ending World War I: “It seems that we do not learn!”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 02, 2018
Cardinal Blase Cupich spoke about the synod’s method of “synodality,” the sexual and other forms of abuse of minors, the role of women in the church and migration.
 Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, president of the India bishops' conference, attends a news conference to discuss the Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith and vocational discernment at the Vatican Oct. 9. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 31, 2018
The issues that concern young Asians are different from those of their counterparts in the West, the Indian cardinal said.