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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives for his general audience in the San Damaso courtyard at the Vatican Sept. 16, 2020. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 17, 2020
Mara Grassi told Pope Francis, “We wish to create a bridge to the church so that the church too can change its way of looking at our children, no longer excluding them but fully welcoming them.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 16, 2020
“Fratelli tutti,” the title of Pope Francis’s new encyclical is to be understood as including both men and women, the Vatican stated today in a front-page editorial in L’Osservatore Romano, its daily newspaper, headlined “an encyclical for all brothers and sisters.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 15, 2020
Vatican officials have publicly defended the agreement with enthusiasm. Privately, they are more sober in their analysis.
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 13, 2020
Pope Francis called on protestors to express their demands “peacefully” and appealed to government leaders to meet their "just aspirations."
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 11, 2020
Cardinal Tagle tested positive for Covid-19 on his arrival at Manila airport Sept. 10. He showed no symptoms, but is now in isolation.
Pope Francis greets people as he arrives for his general audience in the San Damaso courtyard at the Vatican Sept. 9, 2020. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 09, 2020
Pope Francis: “A virus that does not recognize barriers, borders or cultural or political distinctions must be faced with a love without barriers, borders or distinctions.”
On June 19, 2020, the pope had appointed him to head the Diocese of Duluth, Minn., but he had not yet been installed. Father Mulloy is pictured in an undated photo. (CNS photo/courtesy West River Catholic)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 07, 2020
Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Michel Mulloy, the bishop elect of Duluth following an investigation.
In this 2011 file photo, the Basilica of St. Francis with its bell tower is pictured beyond a field of corn in Assisi, Italy. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 05, 2020
The new encyclical will bear the title “Fratelli tutti” and it will be released on the feast of St. Francis on Oct. 3.
Pope Francis meets with a group of clergy and laypeople advising the French bishops' conference on ecological policies and on promoting the teaching in his encyclical, "Laudato Si', On Care for Our Common Home" on Sept. 3, 2020. Actress Juliette Binoche, to the pope's left in the white and yellow blouse, was part of the meeting in the library of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 03, 2020
Between 2007 and the publication of “Laudato Si’” in 2015, Pope Francis “underwent a journey of conversion, of conversion of the ecological problem. Before that I didn’t understand anything.”
A masked Maronite Father Georges Briedi kisses the hand of Pope Francis as the two men hold a Lebanese flag during the pope's weekly general audience at the Vatican Sept. 2, 2020. (CNS photo/Guglielmo Mangiapane, Reuters)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 02, 2020
Pope Francis concluded: “We do not come out from a crisis the same as before. We either come out better or worse. We must choose. Solidarity is the way to come out better.”