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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 20, 2020
“You have been one of the pillars of the whole country,” the pope said in his first public audience since lockdown.
Ducks swim past plastic bottles and other debris floating on the Tiber River in Rome July 28, 2019. In his 2015 encyclical, "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home," Pope Francis said that "the earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth." (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 18, 2020
The text seeks “to relaunch the rich contents” of an encyclical still relevant today and even more so in the light of a world hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 18, 2020
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, 93, flew to Germany this morning to visit his brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, 96, who is gravely ill at his residence in Regensburg.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 14, 2020
“Jesus approaches us gently, in the disarming simplicity of the host. He comes as bread broken in order to break open the shells of our selfishness.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 13, 2020
“Until we revive our sense of responsibility for our neighbor and every person, grave economic, financial and political crises will continue,” the pope said in his message for the World Day of the Poor.
A man walks past a coffee bar and cafeteria on the Via della Conciliazione near the Vatican June 9, 2020. The sign in the window says, "Without government help, we cannot reopen. Thousands of employees at risk." (CNS photo/Cindy Wooden)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 09, 2020
“As bishop of Rome, I have decided to institute in the diocese the ‘Jesus the Divine Worker Fund’ to affirm the dignity of work,” Pope Francis said.
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 05, 2020
Pope Francis: “The protection of the environment and respect for the biodiversity of the planet are issues that affect us all. We cannot pretend to be healthy in a world that is sick.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 03, 2020
“We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.”
 Vatican workers remove scaffolding from the final restored section of the colonnade in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican in this January 2014 file photo. Pope Francis issued a new set of laws June 1, 2020, that govern the awarding of contracts for goods and services provided by outside vendors. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 01, 2020
Pope Francis said the aim of the decree is to “reduce in a significant way the danger of corruption” in the awarding of contracts.
Pope Francis greets the faithful from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter’s Square on May 31. The pope led the Sunday prayer from his window for the first time in three months, after the square was reopened. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 31, 2020
On Pentecost Sunday, Pope Francis proclaimed the unity guaranteed by the Holy Spirit: “we are not bits of confetti blown about by the wind, rather we are irreplaceable fragments in his mosaic.” Gerard O’Connell reports.