Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
A cleric wears a mask as Pope Francis leads the recitation of the rosary during a prayer service at the Lourdes grotto in the Vatican Gardens on May 30. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 30, 2020
Writing to priests in Rome and across the world, Pope Francis offered encouragement but warned against the ‘temptation’ to ignore the wounds of the pandemic. America correspondent Gerry O’Connell reports from the Vatican.
Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus and a native of Waterbury, Conn., in an undated photo. (CNS file photo) 
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 27, 2020
The pope also announced plans to canonize Charles de Foucauld, César de Bus and Maria Domenica Mantovani.
St. John Paul II greets Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in 2002. Marking the 25th anniversary of St. John Paul II's encyclical on Christian unity, Pope Francis said he shares "the healthy impatience" of those who think more can and should be done, but he also insisted that Christians must be grateful for the progress made. (CNS photo/Reuters)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 26, 2020
“One thing is certain,” Pope Francis writes. “Unity is not chiefly the result of our activity, but a gift of the Holy Spirit. Yet, unity will not come about as a miracle at the very end. Rather, unity comes about in journeying.”
Faith Vatican II
Gerard O’ConnellMay 24, 2020
Francis called for reflection on the encyclical in which he “sought to draw attention to the cry of the earth and of the poor.”
Jesuit Father Arturo Sosa, right, greets the previous superior general, Jesuit Father Adolfo Nicolas, after his election in Rome Oct. 14, 2016. (CNS photo/Don Doll, S.J.)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 22, 2020
Father Nicolás “was not the kind of leader who says, ‘I am the one who knows everything.’ He really trusted in people, and he listened.”
Pope Francis meets with national directors of the pontifical missionary societies, which include the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, the Missionary Childhood Association, the Society of St. Peter Apostle and the Missionary Union of Priests and Religious at the Vatican June 1. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 21, 2020
The church’s mission “is the work of the Holy Spirit and not the consequence of our ideas and projects,” the pope said.
New housing units being built in the Israeli settlement Efrat are seen on the hillside overlooking a Palestinian village near Bethlehem, West Bank, May 10, 2020. The Vatican issued a statement May 20 stating concerns about an Israeli plan to unilaterally annex a large portion of land in the West Bank. (CNS photo/Debbie Hill)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 20, 2020
“The Holy See is following the situation closely and expresses concern about any future actions that could further compromise dialogue.”
Pope Francis gives the homily at Mass at the tomb of St. John Paul II in St. Peter's Basilica May 18, 2020, the 100th anniversary of the late pope's birth. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 18, 2020
Francis celebrated the centenary Mass at the altar on the tomb of St. John Paul II. And for the first time since the national lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, he celebrated in the presence of over 100 people.
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 16, 2020
Pope Francis asked the group to ‘prepare the future’ not ‘prepare for the future.’
Syrian children sit on the ground at a makeshift camp in Qatmah Feb. 17, 2020. The Sept. 27 celebration of World Day of Migrants and Refugees will emphasize people displaced within their own countries. (CNS photo/Khalil Ashawi, Reuters)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 15, 2020
The pope also called on people “to embrace all those who are experiencing situations of precariousness, abandonment, marginalization and rejection as a result of Covid-19.”