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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

Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O'Connell October 17, 2017
Pope Francis confessed that while he has “chutzpah,” “I am also timid.”
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O'Connell October 16, 2017
“The relation between hunger and migrations can only be faced if we go to the roots of the problem.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O'Connell October 15, 2017
Pope Francis announces that there will be a Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian region in 2019.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O'Connell October 14, 2017
The Vincentians, founded by St. Vincent de Paul, traveled to Rome to celebrate their 400th anniversary with Pope Francis.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O'Connell October 13, 2017

Pope Francis today assured his “heartfelt solidarity” and “prayers” for all those affected by the wildfire that is causing disasters in California. He mentioned in particular “those who mourn the loss of their loved ones” and those “who fear for the lives of those still missing.”

Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O'Connell October 12, 2017
The Vincentian family was founded 400 years ago.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O'Connell October 11, 2017
The pope’s comments and the timing of them suggest that a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church may be forthcoming to reflect this new development in the church’s understanding.
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O'Connell October 06, 2017
The Declaration of Rome appealed “to leaders of the world’s great religions to inform and mobilize members of every faith to join in a global movement to protect the world’s children.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O'Connell October 05, 2017
The pope was speaking on Oct. 5 at an assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O'Connell October 04, 2017
Cardinal Parolin said that “the sexual abuse of minors constitutes a very vast and widespread phenomenon."