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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 18, 2019
“One of the first things that dictators do is to remove the freedom of the press,” he said.
Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, visits the Hope and Peace Center for refugees near the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos May 8, 2019. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 13, 2019
By reconnecting the building to the power supply and breaking the seals that prevented the building from having power, the papal almoner broke the law. But he was unrepentant.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 12, 2019
Pope Francis has authorized the organization of pilgrimages to the Marian shrine of Medjugorje, the Vatican announced today.
Pope Francis greets a nun during a meeting with 850 superiors general on May 10, 2019, at the Vatican, who were in Rome for the plenary assembly of the International Union of Superiors General. (CNS photo/Vatican Media via Reuters)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 10, 2019
“In regard to the diaconate we must see what was there at the beginning of revelation, if there was something, let it grow and it arrives, but if there was not, if the Lord didn’t want a sacramental ministry for women, it can’t go forward.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 09, 2019
Pope Francis today issued a wide-ranging decree, known as a "motu proprio" or executive decree, that lays down procedures and norms for reporting abuse in the church, aimed at the eradication of abuse in the church.
Pope Francis with reporters aboard his flight from Skopje, North Macedonia, to Rome on May 7, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 07, 2019
Pope Francis said, “There were deaconesses at the beginning [of the church], but [the question is] was theirs a sacramental ordination or not?”
Children hold a gift showing St. Teresa of Kolkata and Pope Francis before the pope's visit to the Mother Teresa Memorial in Skopje, North Macedonia, May 7, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 07, 2019
He visited Mother Teresa’s memorial, saw relics of “the saint of the slums” and recited a prayer that he had personally composed. He praised God for the gift of her life and prayed for her intercession for North Macedonia.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 07, 2019
Pope Francis is the first pope to visit North Macedonia, where Mother Teresa of Calcutta was born.
Pope Francis sits near young people as he attends a meeting for peace with Bulgarian representatives of various religious in Nezavisimost Square in Sofia, Bulgaria, May 6, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 06, 2019
Like Saint Francis, the pope said, “each of us is called to follow in his footsteps by becoming a peacemaker, an ‘artisan’ of peace.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 06, 2019
Even as pope, Francis considers himself a parish priest—“the world’s parish priest” as he once told a friend. This morning, he presided in a small Catholic enclave more than 100 miles from Sofia, the capital city.