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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 17, 2019

“Wearing the label ‘Christian’ or ‘Catholic’ is not enough to belong to Jesus. We need to speak the same language as Jesus: that of love,” Pope Francis said as he celebrated the third World Day of the Poor by saying Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica this Sunday morning.

Catholics holding torches leave Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki, Japan, Aug. 9, 2015, after praying for victims of the 1945 atomic bombing. Pope Francis will finally fulfill his desire to be a missionary to Japan when he visits the country, as well as Thailand, Nov. 20-26, 2019, the Vatican announced Sept. 13. (CNS photo/Toru Hanai, Reuters)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 15, 2019
It will be his fourth trip to Asia since becoming pope.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 14, 2019
Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves, S.J., a Spanish Jesuit with a degree in economics as well as considerable administrative and international experience, will take over as the new prefect of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy on Jan. 1, 2020.
Australian Cardinal George Pell is surrounded by police as he leaves the Melbourne Magistrates Court in Australia, October 2017. (CNS photo//Mark Dadswell, Reuters)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 13, 2019
“The Holy See acknowledges the decision of Australia’s High Court to accept Card. George Pell’s request of appeal, aware that the cardinal has always maintained his innocence.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 07, 2019
Francis said that “to follow Jesus among the crucified” in today’s world involves many tasks.
Father Arturo Sosa, superior general of the Jesuits, Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, and Cardinal Michael Czerny, undersecretary of the Migrants and Refugee Section of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, attend a meeting in Rome Nov. 4, 2019. The meeting marked 50 years of the Jesuits' Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat. (CNS photo/courtesy Jesuits)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 06, 2019
They had come together, he said, to “celebrate God’s faithfulness in our 50-year journey and also to celebrate our faithfulness to his call,” as well as to celebrate Father Arrupe and the 57 Jesuits who “sacrificed their lives in the struggle for justice and equality.”
People attend the concluding Mass of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon celebrated by Pope Francis at the Vatican Oct. 27, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 01, 2019
The most important thing to emerge from the synod was the unequivocal commitment by the church to seek new ways to preach the Gospel and to promote justice and stand in solidarity with the Amazon’s 34 million inhabitants.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 29, 2019
Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Diego spoke with America on Oct. 27, the day it ended, and shared his reflections on the main topics addressed by the synod and the proposals made in its final document.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 27, 2019
Pope Francis strongly denounced “predatory models” that are posing a deadly threat to the lives of the 34 million inhabitants of the Amazonian region.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 26, 2019
The most important thing to emerge from the synod was the unequivocal commitment by the church in the nine countries of the Amazon region to seek new ways to preach the Gospel and to promote justice and stand in solidarity with its 34 million inhabitants.