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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Laborers install cross in Seoul, South Korea, for Pope Francis' visit. (CNS photo/ Kim Hong-Ji, Reuters)
In All Things
Gerard O’Connell
On his first visit to Asia as pope Francis is going to South Korea He left the Rome airport at four o rsquo clock in the afternoon local time today August 13 on board an Alitalia flight His main reason for visiting Korea is to participate in the sixth Asian Youth Day that is being held in Daej
In All Things
Gerard O’Connell
An interview with Archbishop Patrick D’Rozario, of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
People gather at the Seoul Plaza in front of the City Hall in downtown Seoul July 24. Asian Youth Day will coincide with Pope Francis' visit to that country, where he is scheduled to beatify 124 Korean martyrs. (CNS photo/YONHAPNEWS via EPA)
In All Things
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis will travel to Korea from Aug 13 to 18 He is going there for a meeting with young people from 30 Asian countries at the Sixth Asian Youth Day and to beatify 124 Korean martyrs from the first 50 years of the Catholic Church rsquo s existence in this East-Asian nation that was evangel
Auxiliary Bishop William Shomali of Jerusalem (CNS photo/Heidi Levine)
In All Things
Gerard O’Connell
Holy Land bishops want “an immediate ceasefire” in Gaza.
Women react after Church of England synod approves ordination of women bishops. (CNS photo/Nigel Roddis, Reuters)
News
Gerard O’Connell
Decision may distance even further possibility of visible unity with the Catholic Church.
In All Things
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis is well on the way to achieving a total and radical reform of the Vatican rsquo s finances That became abundantly clear on July 9 when the Australian cardinal George Pell the man he appointed to spearhead that reform presented the New Economic Framework for the Holy See at a crowded
Cardinals converse following press conference for release of working document for extraordinary Synod of Bishops on family.
In All Things
Gerard O’Connell
The Working Document WD for next October rsquo s Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family provides a clear picture of the real situation of families today nbsp Based on input from the consultation in dioceses across the world it offers a good basis for an open and lively discussion at that
Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, talks with Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion, after a Vatican meeting on human trafficking June 15.
News
Gerard O’Connell
“Don’t forget the three P’s: prayer, peace and poverty,” Pope Francis, speaking in English, told the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, as he bade him farewell after their 40 minute meeting in the Vatican on June 16. “We must walk together!” he added.It was t
Historic Prayer: Israeli President Shimon Peres, Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I, Pope Francis and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after their joint prayer.
Signs Of the Times
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis looks on as Israeli President Shimon Peres, left, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas embrace at the Vatican. (CNS/Paul Haring)
News
Gerard O’Connell
“It is my hope that this meeting will mark the beginning of a new journey where we seek the things that unite, so as to overcome the things that divide,” Pope Francis said in a forceful speech concluding the historic Prayer for Peace in the Holy Land, held in the Vatican Gardens on June