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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent and author of The Election of Pope Francis: An Inside Story of the Conclave That Changed History. He has been covering the Vatican since 1985.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis will visit Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and Singapore from Sept. 2 to 13.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
In a recent interview book, Pope Francis said Archbishop Gänswein “at times made difficulties for me.” Now the former private secretary to Pope Benedict XVI will be made a nuncio in an as-yet-unnamed country.
Briana, a 1-year-old migrant girl from Peru, is carried by her father, Jordan, as they search for an entry point into the United States past a razor wire-laden fence along the bank of the Rio Grande in El Paso, Texas, March 26, 2024. (OSV News photo/Adrees Latif, Reuters)
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
The declaration from the Vatican goes beyond the focus on single issues and throws a spotlight on the much broader field of violations of human dignity.
Pope Francis is greeted by Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, papal vicar of Rome, at the beginning of a meeting with priests and deacons working in the Diocese of Rome Jan. 13, 2024, in Rome's Basilica of St. John Lateran. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
The Major Penitentiary is sometimes referred to as chief confessor of the Catholic Church because he has broad faculties that are reserved to the Holy See to grant pardon and forgiveness for sins for which an ordinary priest or bishop cannot grant absolution.
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis appealed for an “immediate ceasefire” in Gaza after the killing of seven aid workers and the bombing of the Iranian consulate, warning against the war’s escalation.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
It appears Pope Francis did not want the story of his relationship with Benedict XVI to be told by others, least of all by Archbishop Georg Gänswein.
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Gerard O’Connell
The pope called for specific, concrete, immediate steps that political leaders could take to end the wars and bring peace to the Holy Land and to Ukraine.
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Does the Holy See think Israel is conducting a genocide in Gaza? Did Pope Francis call on Ukraine to surrender? Gerard O’Connell asks these questions and more in an exclusive interview with Archbishop Paul Gallagher.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Though Pope Francis skipped over his prepared homily at today’s Palm Sunday Mass, he used the opening of Holy Week to condemn terrorism and war in Moscow, Ukraine and Gaza.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Bishop Luis Manuel Alí Herrera and Teresa Morris Kettelkamp will lead the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.