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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 23, 2018
It is the first time that a Vatican official has been condemned for such a crime.
Pope Francis arrives in procession to celebrate Mass at the Palexpo convention center in Geneva June 21. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 21, 2018
“Walking, praying and working together: This is the great path that we are called to follow.”
Pope Francis attends an ecumenical event at the Malmo Arena in Malmo, Sweden, Oct. 31. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 20, 2018
The W.C.C. general secretary described Francis’ visit as “a strong signal of recognition by the Catholic world.”
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives at the Changi International Airport on June 10 in Singapore ahead of a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. (Ministry of Communications and Information of Singapore via AP)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 10, 2018
Pope Francis and Vatican diplomats have followed with growing concern the grave tensions and even threats of nuclear attacks that have been exchanged between the United States and North Korea.
Pope Francis meets with energy executives in Rome. Photo courtesy of Vatican Media.
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 09, 2018
Pope Francis said the challenge is “to find ways of ensuring the immense supply of energy required to meet the needs of all, while developing means of using natural resources that avoid creating environmental imbalances.”
An indigenous community members attends Pope Francis' meeting with people of the Amazon in Puerto Maldonado, Peru, on Jan. 19. A Synod of Bishops on the Amazon region in 2019 will address pastoral needs of a region with few priests for the number of Catholics. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 08, 2018
The preparatory document for the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian Region invites input from the local churches in the nine countries of the Amazonian region.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 04, 2018
The pope’s encounter with the priest-victims marked the end of “the listening phase” and the beginning of actions that need to be taken.
Entrance of Pontificial Lateran University (CNS Photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 03, 2018
For the first time in its 245 years, Pope Francis has appointed a married layman, Vincenzo Buonomo, to lead the university.
Chilean Father Francisco Astaburuaga Ossa talks with the media May 23 in Santiago after receiving an invitation to meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican to discuss the sexual abuse scandal. (CNS photo/Ivan Alvarado, Reuters)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 31, 2018
“The culture of abuse and cover-up is incompatible with the logic of the Gospel,” the pope wrote.
Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta participates in a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in this June 29, 2015, file photo. Archbishop Scicluna was sent by Pope Francis to investigate clerical sexual abuse in Chile. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 31, 2018
In another surprise decision, Pope Francis has decided to send Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta and Msgr. Jordi Bertomeu to Chile.