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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 13, 2019
“It is inconceivable to be a pontifical representative and to criticize the pope behind his back, to have a blog or even to unite himself to groups hostile to him, to the [Roman] curia and to the church of Rome,” Pope Francis stated.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 10, 2019
The text explains that “gender theory” expresses an ideology that “denies the difference and reciprocity in nature of a man and a woman.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 05, 2019
The fact that they are meeting for a third time shows that Putin considers Pope Francis an influential player and moral authority on the global stage.
Pope Francis with the judges at the Pan-American conference of judges on social rights (photo: Elisabetta Piquè).
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 04, 2019
In a speech to some 100 judges from north, central and south America, Pope Francis emphasized the crucial role of judges in protecting the social, economic and cultural rights of people.
Pope Francis listens to a question from Romanian journalist Cristian Micaci aboard his flight from Sibiu, Romania, to Rome June 2, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 02, 2019

After enduring three grueling and demanding days crisscrossing Romania, Pope Francis fielded six

Pope Francis greets the crowd before celebrating a Divine Liturgy and the beatification of seven martyred bishops of the Eastern-rite Romanian Catholic Church at Liberty Field in Blaj, Romania, June 2, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 02, 2019
These “pastors and martyrs for the faith,” Pope Francis said, “re-appropriated and handed down to the Romanian people a precious legacy that we can sum up in two words: freedom and mercy.”
Pope Francis greets the crowd before celebrating Mass at the Marian shrine of Sumuleu Ciuc in Miercurea Ciuc, Romania, June 1, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 01, 2019
“Complicated and sorrow-filled situations from the past must not be forgotten or denied,” he told the assembled during his homily, “yet neither must they be an obstacle or an excuse standing in the way of our desire to live together as brothers and sisters.”
Pope Francis and Romanian Orthodox Patriarch Daniel exchange gifts at the patriarchal palace in Bucharest, Romania, May 31, 2019. The pope is making a three-day visit to Romania. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 31, 2019
Pope Francis, in his scripted address, reminded his Orthodox brothers that “the bonds of faith that unite us go back to the Apostles.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 31, 2019
The path to building an inclusive society is one where every person is seen as a brother or sister and “where the weak, the poor and the least are no longer seen as undesirables that keep the ‘machine’ from functioning,” the pope said on May 31, the first day of his visit to Romania.
Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Romania May 31-June 2.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 30, 2019
On the eve of Pope Francis’ visit to Romania, the Greek Catholic bishop of Bucharest, Mihai Fratila, spoke about the changes in his homeland since St. John Paul II’s visit in 1999 and the contemporary difficulties Romanians face.