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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Activists hold placards during a protest in Kathmandu, Nepal, Feb. 1, 2021, after Myanmar's military seized power from a democratically elected civilian government and arrested its leaders. (CNS photo/Navesh Chitrakar, Reuters)
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Gerard O’Connell
Aware that a coup appeared to be imminent, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, the archbishop of Yangon, speaking on Jan. 25 issued “an urgent, fraternal appeal for peace and reconciliation.”
Pope Francis greets Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago during a meeting with U.S. bishops from Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin making their "ad limina" visits to the Vatican Dec. 12, 2019. (CNS photo/Vatican Media) 
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Gerard O’Connell
Vatican sources suggest that Pope Francis would have been keen to talk with Cardinal Cupich about the situation in the United States following the inauguration of President Joe Biden.
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Gerard O’Connell
A flare-up of sciatica has caused Pope Francis to cancel several appearances in the coming days.
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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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Gerard O’Connell
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.
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Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
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.
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Gerard O’Connell
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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Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis is “deeply concerned” about the situation in the United States and is praying for peace and harmony in the country.
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
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.”
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Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis is suffering from “a painful sciatica.”