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Rome-based associate editor Gerard O’Connell is responsible for planning and producing America’s coverage of the papacy, Vatican affairs and Rome events. He writes a weekly column in the print edition of America called “Vatican Dispatch” and files reports

Injured people react after a van crashed into pedestrians in the Las Ramblas district of Barcelona, Spain, Aug. 17. Terrorists killed at least 12 and injured more than 50 others. (CNS photo/David Armengou, EPA)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O'ConnellAugust 18, 2017
The pope denounced the attack as “a grave offence against the Creator.”
Children, some in tears, are escorted down a road in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. Police in Barcelona say a white van has mounted a sidewalk, struck several people in the city's Las Ramblas district. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O'ConnellAugust 17, 2017
A van drove into a pedestrian zone killing at least 12 people and injuring more than 80 others.
Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar, pictured in an early January photo, has become increasingly outspoken as the Nov. 8 election approaches and has urged the nation to embrace religious diversity. (CNS photo/Lynn Bo Bo, EPA)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Gerard O'ConnellJuly 28, 2017
Cardinal Bo believes the establishment of diplomatic relations between Myanmar and the Holy See could “help build up Myanmar as a democracy and contribute to peace building in the country.”
Pope Francis celebrates Mass on the feast of Corpus Christi June 18 outside Rome's Basilica of St. John Lateran. (CNS/Tony Gentile, Reuters)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O'ConnellJuly 18, 2017
In less than three weeks, Pope Francis has reshuffled the top leadership of the C.D.F.
Faith Dispatches
Gerard O'ConnellJuly 14, 2017
The editor of the Jesuit review La Civiltà Cattolica speaks on the alliance between “fringe” Catholics and evangelical fundamentalists.
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, former Vatican secretary of state, walks during the Good Friday service in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican March 25. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O'ConnellJuly 13, 2017
Money destined for “Pope's hospital” allegedly went toward renovating the former secretary of state’s apartment.
A tapestry of new St. Teresa of Kolkata is seen as Pope Francis leaves his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sept. 7. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Dispatches
Gerard O'ConnellJuly 11, 2017
The pope is opening the way to recognize as saints those who act in ways they know will lead to their certain death.
Young people talk during a conference in Rome April 6. The conference was in preparation for next year's Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith and vocational discernment and World Youth Day in 2019. (CNS photo/courtesy Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O'ConnellJuly 07, 2017
As head of a new Vatican department, Cardinal Farrell is in a position to bring lay people into positions of leadership in the church.
Politics & Society
Gerard O'ConnellJuly 07, 2017
Pope Francis offered words of hope and encouragement, telling the G20 leaders that, while there are no immediate adequate solutions, “it is possible, though, to set in motion processes that can offer solutions."
Pope Francis is accompanied by Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan as he greets the crowd outside the cathedral in Milan March 25. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O'ConnellJuly 07, 2017
Those who know Bishop Delpini well describe him as “a very spiritual man, humble but not submissive, a great worker, far from the profile of a manager-bishop, very attentive to the personal relationship with priests.”