Voices
Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
This is a promotional image for World Meeting of Families to be held Aug. 21-26, 2018, in Dublin. The theme of the meeting is "The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World." (CNS illustration/World Meeting of Families) 
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 25, 2018
Cardinal Kevin Farrell announced today that Pope Francis plans to attend the ninth World Meeting of Families, from Aug. 21 to 26,
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 22, 2018
“I ask forgiveness,” the pope said on his flight from Lima to Rome. “It’s a hurt [caused] without wishing it.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 21, 2018
Jesus “is here in Lima, or wherever you are living, in the routine of your daily life and work.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 21, 2018
People and cheered Pope Francis everywhere he went on this last day of his visit.
A boy presents a hat to Pope Francis upon his arrival at the international airport in Trujillo, Peru, Jan. 20. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 20, 2018
“Just as the apostles faced the storm on the sea, you had to face the brunt of ‘El Niño costero.’”
 Pope Francis and Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski stand outside the presidential palace in Lima, Peru, Jan.19.(CNS photo//Mariana Bazo, Reuters)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 19, 2018
“The degradation of the environment...cannot be separated from the moral degradation of our communities.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 19, 2018
Francis is the first pope to come to the Amazon region, and he insisted that his first event and major speech of his visit to Peru should be to this place.
Men carry a replica of Peru's most revered religious icon, the "Lord of Miracles," during an Oct. 18, 2017 procession in Lima. Each year thousands of Catholics gather to commemorate the image's survival in a 17th-century earthquake that destroyed Lima. (CNS photo/Mariana Bazo, Reuters)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 18, 2018
Father Ernesto Cavassa was provincial of the Jesuits in Peru from 1998 to 2004, and president of the Conference of Latin American Jesuit Provincials from 2005 to 2012.
Pope Francis greets the crowd before celebrating Mass at Lobito beach in Iquique, Chile, Jan. 18. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 18, 2018
“There is no Christian joy when doors are closed; there is no Christian joy when others are made to feel unwanted,” the pope said.
‘This is calumny’: Pope Francis defends Bishop Barros against charges he knew of sexual abuse
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 18, 2018
Many in Chile opposed Francis’ appointment of Msgr. Barros as bishop because he is known to have belonged to the inner circle of a priest accused of abuse.