Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
 Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Aug. 1. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellAugust 02, 2018
The revised teaching declares that the death penalty is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person, and that the church works "for its abolition worldwide."
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJuly 30, 2018
Archbishop Wilson of Adelaide is the highest-ranking Catholic bishop to be convicted and sentenced for failure to report a case of abuse.
Faith News
Gerard O’ConnellJuly 28, 2018
The pope “has ordered his suspension from the exercise of any public ministry, together with the obligation to remain in a house yet to be indicated to him, for a life of prayer and penance until the accusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial,” the Vatican and the United
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJuly 07, 2018
Pope Francis prays for peace with Christian leaders.
Demonstrators line up alongside a fence inside the Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego on June 23 during a rally in support of immigrant families who had been separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. (CNS photo/David Maung)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJuly 06, 2018
“Before the challenges of contemporary movements of migration, the only reasonable response is one of solidarity and mercy,” Pope Francis said as he celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on July 6 for migrants and refugees.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJuly 05, 2018
Pope Francis has appointed Paolo Ruffini, 61, an Italian layperson with wide experience in print, radio and television, as the new Prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 29, 2018
Pope Francis celebrated Mass for the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul with 14 new cardinals and gifted 27 new archbishops their palliums to bring home to their respective archdioceses.
 Pope Francis places a red biretta on new Cardinal Pedro Barreto of Huancayo, Peru, during a consistory to create 14 new cardinals in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican June 28. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellJune 28, 2018
Pope Francis used strong words that can be read both as an admonition and guidance for the entire college of cardinals.
Argentina's Lionel Messi, front competes for the ball during the match between Argentina and Nigeria at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, on June 26. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 27, 2018
Francis vowed decades ago not to watch TV, but he still follows how Argentina is faring in the World Cup.
Pope Francis and with French President Emmanuel Macron, left, exchange gifts on the occasion of their private audience, at the Vatican, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Alessandra Tarantino/Pool Photo via AP)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 26, 2018
Their conversation was the longest between the pope and a head of state since Francis’ meeting with President Obama in 2014.