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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJuly 02, 2020
Cardinal Charles Maung Bo has appealed to Christians and all people of faith “to pray for Hong Kong” following the imposition by China of a new national security law.
Msgr. Georg Ratzinger and his brother, now-retired Pope Benedict XVI, are seen in 2006 praying at their parents' grave in Pentling, Germany. Msgr. Ratzinger died July 1 at the age of 96. (CNS photo/Wolfgang Radtke, KNA)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJuly 02, 2020
In the letter, Francis reveals that Benedict was the first to inform him of the sad news.
A demonstrator holding a Palestinian flag stands amid Israeli border police during a protest against Israeli settlements and U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan. The protest was in the Jordan Valley, part of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Feb. 25, 2020. (CNS photo/Raneen Sawafta, Reuters)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJuly 01, 2020
The late-evening statement signaled the Vatican’s wish to let the whole world know that it fundamentally disagrees with any annexation.
Pope Francis celebrates Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica in 2019. Vatican prosecutors have ordered the seizure of documents and computers from the administrative offices of St. Peter’s Basilica in an apparently new investigation into financial irregularities in the Holy See. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJuly 01, 2020
The Vatican announced that Pope Francis has appointed a special commissioner to modernize and reorganize those same administrative and technical offices, improve transparency, and update their statutes.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJuly 01, 2020
Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, the older brother of Benedict XVI, died on July 1 at the age of 96.
Kukama boys watch boats on the Amazon's Maranon River near Dos de Mayo in Peru's Loreto region. As the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic increasingly exposes fault lines between the rich and poor, the eight bishops of Peru's Amazonian region have urged the government to pay particular attention to the needs of indigenous people. (CNS photo/Barbara Fraser)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 30, 2020
Vatican officials said the Ecclesial Conference of the Amazon aims to be “an effective channel for taking up, from within the territory, many of the proposals that emerged” at the Pan-Amazonian synod.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 29, 2020
Peter and Paul, Pope Francis noted, provide valuable role models to encourage us toward unity and prophecy.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 28, 2020
Both prayers and economic assistance, Pope Francis stressed, are needed to ameliorate the ongoing humanitarian catastrophes in Syria, Yemen and Lebanon.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 27, 2020
At the Church of the Gesú in Rome, Cardinal Michael Czerny, S.J., ordained 18 deacons and two priests who have been studying in Rome.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 21, 2020
“The coronavirus crisis has highlighted the need to ensure the necessary protection for refugees.”