Faith Vatican DispatchGerard O’ConnellJanuary 23, 2021
A flare-up of sciatica has caused Pope Francis to cancel several appearances in the coming days.
Politics & Society NewsGerard O’ConnellJanuary 21, 2021
These were the first such suicide bombings since June 2019 and came on the eve of the pope’s planned visit to the country on March 5-8, a visit that now is under serious question.
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Pope Francis sends greeting to President Biden, contrasting with sharper message from head of U.S. bishopsGerard O’ConnellJanuary 20, 2021
In a message to the second Catholic president, Pope Francis prayed that Joe Biden would work to heal the divisions in U.S. society and promote human dignity and peace around the globe.
Politics & Society Vatican DispatchGerard O’ConnellJanuary 13, 2021
The Australian government’s international financial watchdog, Austrac, said it overestimated bank transfers from Vatican City to Australia over the past six years by more than $1.5 billion dollars.
Faith Vatican DispatchGerard O’ConnellJanuary 13, 2021
Both Pope Francis and retired Pope Benedict XVI have received the first dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 after the Vatican started vaccinating its employees and residents Jan. 13.
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Pope Francis calls on Americans to promote reconciliation and protect democracy after the Capitol attackGerard O’ConnellJanuary 10, 2021
Pope Francis is “deeply concerned” about the situation in the United States and is praying for peace and harmony in the country.
Politics & Society Vatican DispatchGerard O’ConnellJanuary 09, 2021
In a wide-ranging interview, Pope Francis said he was “astounded” at disorder at the U.S. Capitol. He also said he would get the Covid-19 vaccine next week and that “everyone should be vaccinated.”
Faith Vatican DispatchGerard O’ConnellDecember 31, 2020
Pope Francis is suffering from “a painful sciatica.”
Faith Vatican DispatchGerard O’ConnellDecember 23, 2020
Two cardinals who work closely with Pope Francis tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday. The pope’s test came back negative, the Italian news agency ANSA reported today.
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Pope Francis’ friendship with the Grand Imam of Al Azhar inspired the new International Day of Human FraternityGerard O’ConnellDecember 22, 2020
The United Nations General Assembly decided unanimously that Feb. 4 be observed each year as the International Day of Human Fraternity, starting in 2021.