Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Faith Interviews
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 25, 2020
“The church is in the middle of a seismic change as it moves to a more synodal and discerning approach under the leadership of Pope Francis.”
The Chinese national flag is pictured in a file photo in front of a Catholic church in the village of Huangtugang. (CNS photo/Thomas Peter, Reuters)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 17, 2020
China has gained international prestige because of its relations with the Vatican. The Holy See should now seek to obtain more concrete results from its deal with Beijing.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 10, 2020
Vatican authorities, the U.S. bishops conference and the apostolic nuncio heard scattered allegations about misconduct by McCarrick but discounted them because their sources were considered unreliable.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 05, 2020
Pope Francis has made another critical decision in the ongoing reform of Vatican finances.
Pope Francis greets Bishop Cornelius Sim, apostolic vicar of Brunei, during his "ad limina" visit to the Vatican in this Feb. 8, 2018, file photo. Bishop Sim was among 13 new cardinals named by Pope Francis Oct. 25. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 28, 2020
The primacy of the church at the peripheries has been a key theme in Francis’ selection of cardinals. He has used the cardinalate to reach communities in countries that are experiencing poverty, conflict and political tension.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 25, 2020
The new cardinals will bring the total number of cardinal electors to 128, of whom 73 will have been appointed by Pope Francis.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 24, 2020
Many are wondering after the lack of response by the Vatican to questions raised about what Pope Francis actually said about civil unions.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 17, 2020
After being received in private audience by Pope Francis last Monday, Cardinal George Pell concluded an unforgettable week by celebrating his first public Mass in Rome since his return to the Vatican on Sept. 30.
A worker for the humanitarian group Consornoc registers Venezuelan migrants arriving in late September in Pamplona, Colombia. Consornoc hands out backpacks with food that are supplied by Caritas France. (CNS photo/Manuel Rueda)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 13, 2020
“We’re on the brink,” Cardinal Czerny said, because people are suffering from “a health collapse and an economic collapse, at the same moment as the Paris Climate Agreement I.O.U.s are coming in and there is a migrant situation that is dire.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 08, 2020
Dr. Anna Rowlands told America that Pope Francis "“gets populism. He gets what is the drive toward it and he rescues the notion of what it means to be ‘a people’ from the hands of the populists."