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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Pope Francis greets the crowd after delivering his Easter message and blessing "urbi et orbi" (to the city and the world) from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 21, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellApril 21, 2019
Pope Francis prayed for victims of the attacks in Sri Lanka and called for peace, highlighting 18 conflicts around the world.
Pope Francis carries a candle in procession as he arrives to celebrate the Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 20, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellApril 20, 2019
Pope Francis called on Christians not to give into a “tomb psychology,” and quoted the American poet Emily Dickinson, who wrote “We never know how high we are/Till we are called to rise.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellApril 12, 2019
On March 23, Pope Francis appointed the Spanish-born Capuchin friar, Bishop Celestino Aos Braco as apostolic administrator of the archdiocese of Santiago, Chile.
Colombian riot police block the way to the Colombian side in the Colombian-Venezuelan border in Cucuta on April 2. (CNS photo/Ferley Ospina, Reuters) 
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellApril 09, 2019
The executive branch headed by President Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela “lacks legitimacy” but has de facto power, while Mr. Guaidó has legitimacy but not executive power. Venezuela in effect has two governments.
A South Sudanese girl is seen at the Nguenyyiel refugee camp in Gambella, Ethiopia, in October 2017. (CNS photo/Tiksa Negeri, Reuters)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellApril 09, 2019
The Vatican described the retreat as “a propitious occasion for reflection and prayer, as well as an occasion for encounter and reconciliation.”
Baroness Helena Ann Kennedy, director of the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute, and Leonardo Javier Raznovich, member of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights, talk with journalists in Rome April 5, 2019. Photo by Gerard O'Connell.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellApril 05, 2019
The delegates requested that the church declare that “human dignity implies the respect of every person as created by God” and “hence criminalization of L.G.B.T. people is today a manifestation of irrational hatred for that which is different from the norm and that homophobia is, in effect, a
Young pilgrims display a banner that says "Pope Francis One of us" as the pontiff celebrates Mass for the Youth Jubilee in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican in April 2016. (CNS photo/Ettore Ferrari, EPA)
Faith Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellApril 02, 2019
This dark moment, he writes, with the help of young people “can truly be an opportunity for a reform of epoch-making significance, opening us to a new Pentecost and inaugurating a new stage of purification and change capable of renewing the Church’s youth.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMarch 31, 2019
Aboard the papal plane, Francis spoke with reporters about the need to build solidarity, not barriers.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMarch 31, 2019
Among those attending the Mass was Brother Jean-Pierre Schumacher, O.C.S.O, the last monk survivor from the monastery of Tibhirine in Algeria.
Pope Francis greets nuns as he meets with priests, religious men and women and the ecumenical Council of Churches at the cathedral in Rabat, Morocco, March 31, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMarch 31, 2019
There are around 30,000 (including 23,000 Catholics) of them in this majority Muslim nation of 35 million people.