Voices
Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Men carry a replica of Peru's most revered religious icon, the "Lord of Miracles," during an Oct. 18, 2017 procession in Lima. Each year thousands of Catholics gather to commemorate the image's survival in a 17th-century earthquake that destroyed Lima. (CNS photo/Mariana Bazo, Reuters)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 18, 2018
Father Ernesto Cavassa was provincial of the Jesuits in Peru from 1998 to 2004, and president of the Conference of Latin American Jesuit Provincials from 2005 to 2012.
Pope Francis greets the crowd before celebrating Mass at Lobito beach in Iquique, Chile, Jan. 18. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 18, 2018
“There is no Christian joy when doors are closed; there is no Christian joy when others are made to feel unwanted,” the pope said.
‘This is calumny’: Pope Francis defends Bishop Barros against charges he knew of sexual abuse
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 18, 2018
Many in Chile opposed Francis’ appointment of Msgr. Barros as bishop because he is known to have belonged to the inner circle of a priest accused of abuse.
Flight attendants Carlos Ciuffardi, left, and Paola Podest, talk with journalists during a flight from Santiago, Chile, to Iquique, Chile, after Pope Francis married them in-flight early Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Faith News
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 18, 2018
The couple said, “I do” Thursday morning after telling Francis that they had been married in a civil service in 2010.
Indigenous people walk past Pope Francis after presenting offertory gifts during the pope's celebration of Mass at the Maquehue Airport near Temuco, Chile, Jan. 17. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 17, 2018
Pope Francis appealed to the Mapuche, who have suffered “great injustices,” to totally reject violence “which can make a just cause turn into a lie.”
Pope Francis meets with priests, religious and seminarians at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago, Chile, Jan. 16. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 16, 2018
Francis focused for the second time today during his visit to Chile on the abuse scandal that has rocked the Chilean church. “I know the pain resulting from cases of abuse of minors, and I am attentive to what you are doing to respond to this great and painful evil,” he said.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 16, 2018
“It is right to ask for forgiveness,” the pope said, “and make every effort to support the victims.”
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 16, 2018
“We are at the limit,” the pope said on the flight from Rome to Chile. “An accident is sufficient.”
A woman holds Chile's flag as Pope Francis celebrates Mass marking the World Day of Migrants and Refugees in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Jan. 14. The pope is scheduled to arrive in Santiago, Chile, Jan. 15. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 15, 2018
The issues that most concern the Chileans coincide with many of the messages of the pope, for example, the problem of the indigenous community, the problems of migrant people, care for the environment.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 13, 2018
Pope Francis will set out on his 22nd foreign trip on Jan. 15.