Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 01, 2020
In his message for the sixth World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, Pope Francis also called for "the cancellation of the debt of the most vulnerable countries."
A man holds the Lebanese flag, as he looks at the scene of Tuesday's explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Rescue teams were still searching the rubble of Beirut's port for bodies on Friday, nearly three days after a massive explosion sent a wave of destruction through Lebanon's capital. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellAugust 09, 2020
Pope Francis: “Last Tuesday’s catastrophe calls everyone, beginning with the Lebanese people, to work together for the common good of this beloved country.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellAugust 06, 2020
These appointments are a further indication of the pope’s determination to give more responsibility to women in the Vatican in positions that do not require ordination.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellAugust 05, 2020
Pope Francis: “In the next few weeks, I invite you to tackle together the pressing questions that the pandemic has brought to the fore, social ills above all.”
Firefighters carry an injured man following explosions in Beirut Aug. 4, 2020. Two massive explosions near the port of the Lebanese capital injured dozens of people and shattered windows in buildings blocks away. (CNS photo/Mohamed Azakir, Reuters)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellAugust 05, 2020
“Let us pray for the victims, for their families; and let us pray for Lebanon so that it might face this extremely tragic and painful moment and, with the help of the international community, overcome the grave crisis they are experiencing.”
Maximino Caballero Ledo
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellAugust 04, 2020
Maximino Caballero Ledo has extensive experience as a finance leader with Baxter International, a Fortune 500 American health care company.
Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari, co-founder and former editor of La Repubblica, speaks on Italian television Feb. 1, 2015 (CNS photo/Cristiano Minichiello, AFG). 
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellAugust 02, 2020
The only reports of Mr. Scalfari’s long conversations with Francis have come from the elderly journalist, who does not record or take notes.
Cardinal Gerald C. Lacroix of Quebec is pictured at the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Quebec Dec. 29, 2019. (CNS photo/Philippe Vaillancourt, Presence)
Faith News
Gerard O’ConnellJuly 30, 2020
Cardinal Lacroix explained that he decided to speak out because, as the government slowly seeks to reopen society following coronavirus lockdowns, “millions of believers from the different faith communities in the province of Quebec feel betrayed, ignored, by the authorities."
In this file photo, Pope Francis speaks to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Angelus last week, on July 19. (CNS photo/IPA-Sipa USA via Reuters) 
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJuly 26, 2020
After reciting the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square, the pope praised a cease-fire accord in Ukraine and asked young people not to leave the elderly “by themselves” during the pandemic.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJuly 23, 2020
Pope Francis instructed the Vatican to remove Archbishop Luigi Ventura’s diplomatic immunity in July 2019. The archbishop will now have to respond to his accusers at a trial in November.