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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent and author of The Election of Pope Francis: An Inside Story of the Conclave That Changed History. He has been covering the Vatican since 1985.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis will preside at the requiem Mass and impart the final blessing before the burial of Benedict XVI at a solemn ceremony marked by simplicity in St. Peter’s Square on the morning of Jan. 5.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis’ agenda appears daunting even for a younger man, but, as he has said on more than one occasion, “one governs from the head, not from the knee.”
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Gerard O’Connell
There was not the air of sadness that pervaded those who paid their last respects to John Paul II when he died. It seems that the mourning for Benedict took place around the time of his resignation.
Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful as he arrives in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican to bless the nativity scene on Dec. 31, 2011. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the German theologian who will be remembered as the first pope in 600 years to resign, has died, the Vatican announced Saturday. He was 95. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito, File)
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
These were the final words that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI uttered before he died, a powerful final expression of love and faith.
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Gerard O’Connell
Pope emeritus Benedict XVI will be laid to rest on Jan. 5, 2023, at a Mass in St. Peter's Square at which Pope Francis will preside.
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Gerard O’Connell
While former pope Benedict's XVI's health condition remains serious, the Vatican reported "his situation is stable at the moment" on Dec. 30.
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Gerard O’Connell
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's medical condition remains serious, but the Vatican reported Thursday that he is "lucid and alert."
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Gerard O’Connell
The emeritus pope Benedict XVI has suffered a decline in health, Pope Francis said today at the end of his general audience. He asked for prayers for the 95-year-old former pontiff.
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Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis’ message to the Roman Curia has often been challenging, even provocative, and this year’s address was no exception.
FaithDispatches
Gerard O’Connell
The great Jesuit missionary to China, Matteo Ricci, was declared "Venerable" by Pope Francis today, the first step on the path to canonization.