Voices
Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
About 100 Catholic youths pray for democracy outside Hong Kong's government headquarters building Sept. 30. (CNS photo/Francis Wong)
In All Things
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 01, 2014
ldquo Nothing like this has happened in Hong Kong before I rsquo m just praying that it won rsquo t become like Tiananmen the situation is similar in many ways nbsp We must pray this does not happen rdquo This is what Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun told me by phone from Hong Kong on the evening
Cardinal Zen addresses rally outside Hong Kong government building. (CNS photo/Liau Chung-ren, Reuters)
In All Things
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 29, 2014
As the situation deteriorated in Hong Kong following police crackdown on protestors over the weekend Cardinal John Tong Hon the local bishop issued ldquo an urgent appeal rdquo to the government there ldquo to put the personal safety of fellow citizens as her prime concern rdquo and ldquo to
In All Things
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 28, 2014
nbsp Not since the Second Vatican Council has a gathering of representatives of the world rsquo s Catholic bishops sparked such interest and controversy as the extraordinary synod of bishops on the family which opens in the Vatican on October 5 While the agenda is very wide public interest has ma
Pope Francis greets crowd as he arrives to celebrate Mass at Church of the Gesu in Rome.
In All Things
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 27, 2014
Pope Francis issued a heartfelt call to his brother Jesuits worldwide to ldquo row together rdquo with him as he rows with considerable effort in lsquo the barque of Peter rdquo and to ldquo pray a lot rdquo because ldquo the night and the powers of darkness are always close rdquo nbsp H
In All Things
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 25, 2014
Pope Francis has deposed the controversial bishop of Ciudad del Este in Paraguay Monsignor Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Plano by relieving him of his duties as bishop of that diocese and declaring the see vacant nbsp The bishop was accused not only of incardinating a priest into his diocese in 2005
Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 24, 2014
Recent appointments make clear that the safeguarding of children and minors is a top priority of Francis' pontificate.
News
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 24, 2014
The former nuncio to the Dominican Republic Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski was placed under house arrest on Sept 23 to prevent him from escaping justice or tampering with evidence the Director of the Vatican Press Office Fr Federico Lombardi S J told reporters today He will be tried at the end
News
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 23, 2014
The Vatican has announced that the Holy See’s former nuncio to the Dominican Republic, Archbishop Josef Wesolowski, has been placed under house arrest inside the Vatican City State for the abuse of the minors in the Latin American state.The decision, which appears not to have a precedent in mo
Photo by Gerard O'Connell
In All Things
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 21, 2014
I have been on many papal trips to foreign countries over the past thirty years and have experienced some profoundly moving and faith-filled moments on several of them but I had never before seen a Pope so overcome with emotion that he wept But that is what I witnessed on Sunday evening September
Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Mother Teresa Square in Tirana, Albania, Sept. 21. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
In All Things
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 21, 2014
Pope Francis drew enthusiastic and prolonged applause when in his homily at mass in Mother Teresa Square in Tirana the capital of Albania attended by some 300 000 people mdash most of them Catholics but also very many Orthodox and Muslims mdash he greeted them saying ldquo May peace be in your