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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellFebruary 03, 2019
Today the only Christians in the Arabian Peninsula are migrants, and the pope’s visit is a cause of great joy for them.
A makeshift camp for internally displaced people near Sanaa, Yemen, on Jan. 28. The United Nations says one child dies every 10 minutes in Yemen. (CNS photo/Khaled Abdullah, Reuters)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellFebruary 03, 2019
A Saudi Arabia-led coalition, of which the U.A.E. is a member, has so far not respected international accords to help end a crisis in which 10 million people risk starvation.
Pope Francis will visit the Great Mosque of Sheik Zayed, one of the largest in the world and the most important place of worship in the country. (iStock/HeiFi)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellFebruary 02, 2019
Pope Francis will visit Abu Dhabi to attend an international interfaith meeting on “Human Fraternity,” organized by Muslim leaders, and will celebrate Mass for migrant workers in the United Arab Emirates.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 30, 2019
The announcement was made from the Jesuit headquarters in Rome in a press communiqué released on Jan. 30.
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 28, 2019
During a press conference on the flight from Panama to Rome, the pope spoke on a variety of topics, including the situation in Venezuela, the issue of married priests, sex education in schools and the Vatican's sex abuse summit.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 27, 2019
During his visit to La Casa Hogar El Buen Samaritano where he lead the Angelus, he also prayed for the victims of the terrorist attack today in a cathedral in the Philippines and a recent terrorist attack on a police academy in Bogota, Colombia, as well as for those who died in tragic accidents in
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 27, 2019
He told them, “Dear young people, you are not the future but the now of God and he invites you and calls you in your communities and cities to go out and find your grandparents and elders; to stand up and with them to speak out and realize the dream that the Lord has dreamed for you.” 
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 26, 2019
The presence of the pope at W.Y.D. was something of the utmost importance, an invaluable gift, and a source of immense inspiration and affirmation of the pilgrims' faith.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 25, 2019
The cardinal described W.Y.D. as “an extraordinary event in the life of the church."
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 25, 2019
Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley believes that Venezuela’s interim president, Juan Guaido, “has come up with a formula that could avoid a civil war, could avoid bloodshed” in the country, and he regrets that the country’s military have “not yet” sided with him.