Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Cardinal-designate Michael Czerny is pictured during an interview in Rome Sept. 27, 2019. He described becoming a cardinal as an intensification of an "ongoing mission" of assisting Pope Francis. Cardinal-designate Czerny and 12 others will be created cardinals by the pope Oct. 5. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 03, 2019
“Our vocation is to help men and women to live their human lives and to live them to the full,” said Father Czerny. “This is the big mission. This is what it means to preach the Gospel and to bring the Good News to the ends of the earth.”
The tower of the Institute for Works of Religion, often referred to as the Vatican bank, is pictured Oct. 2, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 02, 2019
The Vatican gendarmerie has sent an order to all personnel within the Vatican City State and the Swiss Guards that control the security and all access to the Vatican, saying the five have been “suspended from service as a precautionary measure.”
Recruits of the Vatican's Swiss Guard march in front of the tower of the Institute for Works of Religion in 2014. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 01, 2019
“A senior Vatican source said he believed the operation, which the statement said had been authorized by Vatican prosecutors, had to do with real estate transactions.”
Pope Francis and Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno Assis of Aparecida, Brazil, walk to a meeting of cardinals in the synod hall at the Vatican Feb. 20, 2014. In a statement released by the Vatican Sept. 28, 2019, the pope named Cardinal Damasceno as pontifical commissioner of the Heralds of the Gospel and its religious branches for consecrated men and women. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 01, 2019
The Vatican said the reason for the apostolic visitation in 2017 was due to “shortcomings concerning the style of government, the life of the members of the council, the pastoral care of vocations, the formation of new vocations, administration, the management of works and fundraising.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 30, 2019
Pope Francis received Fr. James Martin S.J. in the papal library of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace this morning.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 29, 2019
Pope Francis denounced “the globalization of indifference” as he celebrated Mass in St Peter’s Square on the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees on Sept. 29.
Pope Francis meets with Jesuits in Maputo, Mozambique, Sept. 5, 2019. (CNS photo/Vatican Media) 
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 26, 2019
“My election as pope did not convert me suddenly,” Pope Francis said, “so as to make me less sinful than before. I am and I remain a sinner. That’s why I confess every two weeks.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 21, 2019
The list includes all of the diocesan bishops of the nine countries from the Amazon region, as well as three from the United States.
Dancers perform before Pope Francis leads a vigil with young people at the Soamandrakizay diocesan field in Antananarivo, Madagascar, Sept. 7, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 20, 2019
In all three countries, Pope Francis pleaded for protection of the environment. Mining by foreign companies to extract precious minerals has been a major problem in Madagascar and Mozambique. In Madagascar, deforestation is especially a threat.
Pope Francis poses for a photo on Sept. 18 with members of a U.S. delegation that traveled to Rome to present the results of the Fifth National Encuentro to the pope and top Vatican officials.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 19, 2019
Some 40 percent of the U.S. Catholic community has a Hispanic background and that “more than 50 percent of the Catholics in the United States under the age of 18 are Hispanic.”