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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Medical workers at Gemelli Hospital in Rome wear protective suits as they attend an elderly coronavirus patient on March 16, 2020. (CNS photo/Policlinico Gemelli, handout via Reuters)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMarch 19, 2020
Pope Francis said, “The prayer of the rosary is the prayer of the humble and of the saints who, through its mysteries, contemplate with Mary the life of Jesus, the merciful face of the Father.”
Pope Francis speaks during his general audience as it is livestreamed from the library of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican March 18, 2020. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMarch 18, 2020
Francis counseled: “Don’t waste these difficult days,” instead “rediscover” the importance of “small, concrete gestures expressing closeness and concreteness toward the people closest to us, a caress for our grandparents, a kiss for our children, for the people we love.”
Pope Francis walks the nearly deserted streets of Rome in late afternoon on March 15. (Copyright: Vatican Media)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMarch 15, 2020
Pope Francis traveled the nearly deserted streets of Rome this afternoon to pray at the Basilica of Saint Mary Major and the church of St. Marcello, home to a venerated crucifix from the 16th-century plague.
A mural depicts a nurse embracing the shape of Italy posted on the hospital of Pope John XXIII in solidarity with the health workers in Bergamo on March 13, 2020. (CNS photo/Sergio Agazzi, IPA/ABACAPRESS.COM via Reuters) 
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMarch 15, 2020
In a video address, Pope Francis thanked caregivers and assured his audience that ‘spiritual communion‘ remains strong even during the isolation of the coronavirus epidemic. Gerard O’Connell reports from the Vatican.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMarch 14, 2020
The coronavirus has become Italy's most major crisis since World War II.
Pope Francis celebrates Mass on March 12, 2020, in the chapel of his Vatican residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae. At the beginning of the liturgy, the pope encouraged people to pray for their government leaders, who must make difficult decisions to contain the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMarch 13, 2020
Pope Francis will continue his all-out efforts to eliminate the triple form of abuse by clergy in the church—the abuse of conscience, of power, of sex—and to ensure that a safe environment is established in all church institutions worldwide for children and young people.
A man wearing a mask takes a photo as Pope Francis appears on a video monitor in St. Peter's Square as he leads the Angelus from his library in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican March 8, 2020. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMarch 08, 2020
The pope appeared to be in good health and appeared for a moment at the window at the end of the Angelus to greet the small gathering in St. Peter's Square “in real time.”
A woman wearing a mask for protection from the coronavirus watches as Pope Francis leads the Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican March 1, 2020. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMarch 07, 2020
These changes correspond to Italian government restrictions on large public gatherings to limit transmission of coronavirus.
People wearing masks for protection from the coronavirus tour the Vatican Museums at the Vatican Feb. 29. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMarch 06, 2020
The normal services of the health and hygiene sector of the Vatican city-state were “temporarily suspended” following yesterday’s positive test for Covid-19 on one patient in order “to sanitize the areas.”
Several visitors enter an empty security queue before visiting St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on March 4. Visitors and pilgrims to churches, museums and landmarks in Rome have sharply declined following an outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus in northern Italy. (CNS photo/Junno Arocho Esteves)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMarch 05, 2020
In a small indication of how rapidly the contagion is affecting Italy, by the time the Vatican spokesman sent his communique to the media, the number of victims had risen dramatically—the total number of cases rising to 3,858 and deaths to 148.