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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’ConnellNovember 21, 2017
Participants at the recent plenary assembly approved a petition requesting the pope to waive the “monitum” issued by the Holy Office in 1962.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 21, 2017
Since becoming pope, Francis has given special attention to the Holy See’s diplomatic staff. 
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 20, 2017
“Not everything that is technically possible or feasible is therefore ethically acceptable.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 19, 2017
“To love the poor means to combat all forms of poverty, spiritual and material."
Pope Francis visits patients at the Villa Speranza hospice, which is connected to Gemelli Hospital, in Rome Sept. 16. The visit was part of the pope's series of Friday works of mercy during the Holy Year. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 16, 2017
“There is no obligation to have recourse in all circumstances to every possible remedy” to keep a person alive.
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 13, 2017
Pope Francis condemned not only the threat of nuclear weapons but also “their very possession” in a landmark statement on Nov. 10.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 07, 2017
The appointments are further evidence of Pope Francis’ determination to assign important positions in the Roman Curia to women.
Isaac Hernandez and his wife Crystal visit a line of crosses before a vigil for the victims of the First Baptist Church shooting, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 07, 2017
The pope sent his “heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and the wounded.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 04, 2017
A new book clarifies mystery of John Paul I’s death.
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 01, 2017
“I call on the Lord that he may convert the hearts of the terrorist and free the world of hate and that crazy homicide that abuses the name of God to disseminate death.”