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Rome-based associate editor Gerard O’Connell is responsible for planning and producing America’s coverage of the papacy, Vatican affairs and Rome events. He writes a weekly column in the print edition of America called “Vatican Dispatch” and files reports

Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell December 10, 2017
Sources in the Vatican say they cannot understand how President Trump’s decision to recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel can be in the best interests of the United States.
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell December 10, 2017
The pope was lauded at the presentation of the Nobel Peace Prize for condemning the “false sense of security” of nuclear weapons.
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell December 06, 2017
Without naming President Trump, the pope urged all nations to "respect the status quo" of Jerusalem in accordance with United Nations resolutions.
Faith Dispatches
Gerard O’Connell December 03, 2017
The pope’s comments on nuclear weapons are seen as a significant change from John Paul II’s reluctant acceptance of them for their deterrent value.
Faith
Gerard O’Connell December 02, 2017
Pope Francis answered questions about avoiding the use of the word "Rohingya" while in Myanmar, during his flight back to Rome this evening.
Faith News
Gerard O’Connell December 01, 2017
Pope Francis asked for forgiveness Friday from refugees in Bangladesh for all the hurt and indifference Muslim Rohingya have endured.
Politics & Society
Gerard O’Connell November 30, 2017
While in Bangladesh Pope Francis continued to avoid the "R" word in his calls to aid refugees from the Rakhine State.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell November 29, 2017
The pope’s coming “will be a message of hope,” Cardinal D’Rozario said.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell November 29, 2017

Pope Francis called on Catholics and Buddhists in Myanmar “to be united” in order “to heal the wounds of conflict that through the years have divided people of different cultures, ethnicities and religious convictions.” He reminded them that to achieve this unity it is necessary “to surmount all

Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell November 28, 2017
The pope's audience included government ministers, civic leaders, military officials, cardinals and bishops, and about 200 lay people and the world’s media.