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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican on June 23, 2021. (CNS file photo/Paul Haring)
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Gerard O’Connell
Part of the intestine that was removed during the pope’s surgery showed that he suffered from a “severe” restriction of the bowel. America’s Vatican correspondent, Gerard O'Connell, provides an update.
Pope Francis is pictured at the Vatican on June 9, 2021. (CNS file photo/Paul Haring)
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Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis continues to recover after his intestinal operation on Sunday evening but wishes to keep media coverage of his hospital stay succinct and low-key, reports Gerard O’Connell.
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Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis, 84, underwent a pre-planned surgery for a restriction of the sigmoid portion of the large intestine at the Gemelli Hospital in Rome this Sunday afternoon.
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Gerard O’Connell
A trial of this nature and dimension has no precedent in the history of the Vatican in the modern era.
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“Lebanon cannot be left prey to the course of events or those who pursue their own unscrupulous interests,” Pope Francis said on the day of prayer and reflection for peace in Lebanon.
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Gerard O’Connell
“Only a free church is a credible church,” Pope Francis declared in his homily on June 29, the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.
Pope Francis exchanges gifts with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken during an audience at the Vatican June 28, 2021. Blinken presented a sculpture to the pope of a dove holding an olive branch. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Vatican sources said that during the meeting they “touched on all the hot button issues, including the situation in the Middle East, the Holy Land and China.”
Pope Francis greets Jesuit Father James Martin, author and editor at large of America magazine, during a private meeting at the Vatican Oct. 1, 2019. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
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Gerard O’Connell
On the eve of the Outreach 2021 L.G.B.T. conference, Father Martin received a handwritten personal letter in Spanish from Francis, expressing his support.
A woman wearing a protective masks pushes a cart past damaged buildings in Beirut Jan. 26, 2021, during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than half of the population of Lebanon lives in poverty. (CNS photo/Mohamed Azakir, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
“The Holy See fears the collapse of the country,” Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican’s secretary for relations with states, stated frankly.
Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago speaks during a luncheon at St. Genevieve School in Chicago Jan. 30, 2020. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Chicago Catholic)
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Gerard O’Connell
As archbishop of Chicago since 2014, Cardinal Cupich has shown considerable organizational talent. The visits will reportedly begin next week.