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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent and author of The Election of Pope Francis: An Inside Story of the Conclave That Changed History. He has been covering the Vatican since 1985.
Archbishop Oscar Romero murder formally recognized as "in hatred of the faith"
Dispatches
Gerard O’Connell
El Salvadoran archbishop 'was killed in hatred of the faith' on March 24, 1980
Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Under heavy rain Francis spoke from the heart to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.
Archbishop Leonard P. Blair of Hartford, Conn., center, wears his new pallium as he leaves in procession at the conclusion of a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis to mark the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican June 29.
Dispatches
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis has decided that the public ceremony of investiture of the Pallium on Metropolitan Archbishops will henceforth take place in the prelates rsquo home dioceses and not in the Vatican as has been the case under recent pontiffs He believes that in this way the ceremony quot will greatly f
Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis is engaged in a slow but determined process to remake the College of Cardinals and renew the electors who will choose his successor. His aim is to increase the college’s universality by affirming the churches on the peripheries, to correct present imbalances and to ensure there is
AMONG SCHOOL CHILDREN. Pope Francis made time in Manila on Jan. 16 to visit with the young residents of a home for former street children.
Signs Of the Times
Gerard O’Connell
Beginning the second leg of his South Asian journey, Pope Francis did not mince words when he addressed government and church leaders of the Philippines on Jan. 16. A day after his triumphal arrival from Sri Lanka, he called on them to combat and eliminate “scandalous” social inequalitie
Dispatches
Gerard O’Connell
In a wide-ranging press conference on the flight from Manila to Rome Pope Francis spoke about corruption in Governments and the Church the need for prudence with freedom of expression why he didn rsquo t meet the Dalai Lama recently and the Church rsquo s position on birth control nbsp He talke
Dispatches
Gerard O’Connell
Before a record crowd of between six and seven million people Pope Francis entrusted a double mission to the Philippine Church at his last public mass in this country on Sunday January 18 that included both a domestic and an Asian component At the domestic level he encouraged them to work for jus
Dispatches
Gerard O’Connell
The wind was blowing increasingly strong the tepid rain was falling steadily as Pope Francis wearing a yellow plastic poncho assured some 300 000 survivors of the worst typhoon in history that Jesus is always with them in the midst of all their sufferings he understands what they are undergoin
Pope Francis speaks during a meeting with families in the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines, Jan. 16. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Dispatches
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis didn rsquo t mince his words when he addressed the state authorities and church leaders of the Philippines He called on them to combat and eliminate ldquo the scandalous rdquo social inequalities and injustices as well as the corruption that is widespread in this land where more th
Pope Francis arrives for welcoming ceremony at presidential palace in Manila, Philippines Pope Francis arrives for a welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace in Manila, Philippines, Jan. 16. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Dispatches
Gerard O’Connell
Manila came to a standstill Thursday evening Jan 15 as some two million people young and old ran out onto the streets and malls of this metropolis of 10 million inhabitants singing and dancing to welcome ldquo Papa Francisco rdquo It was but the beginning of a four-day lsquo fiesta rsquo