Voices
Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Flight attendants Carlos Ciuffardi, left, and Paola Podest, talk with journalists during a flight from Santiago, Chile, to Iquique, Chile, after Pope Francis married them in-flight early Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Faith News
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 18, 2018
The couple said, “I do” Thursday morning after telling Francis that they had been married in a civil service in 2010.
Indigenous people walk past Pope Francis after presenting offertory gifts during the pope's celebration of Mass at the Maquehue Airport near Temuco, Chile, Jan. 17. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 17, 2018
Pope Francis appealed to the Mapuche, who have suffered “great injustices,” to totally reject violence “which can make a just cause turn into a lie.”
Pope Francis meets with priests, religious and seminarians at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago, Chile, Jan. 16. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 16, 2018
Francis focused for the second time today during his visit to Chile on the abuse scandal that has rocked the Chilean church. “I know the pain resulting from cases of abuse of minors, and I am attentive to what you are doing to respond to this great and painful evil,” he said.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 16, 2018
“It is right to ask for forgiveness,” the pope said, “and make every effort to support the victims.”
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 15, 2018
“We are at the limit,” the pope said on the flight from Rome to Chile. “An accident is sufficient.”
A woman holds Chile's flag as Pope Francis celebrates Mass marking the World Day of Migrants and Refugees in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Jan. 14. The pope is scheduled to arrive in Santiago, Chile, Jan. 15. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 15, 2018
The issues that most concern the Chileans coincide with many of the messages of the pope, for example, the problem of the indigenous community, the problems of migrant people, care for the environment.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 13, 2018
Pope Francis will set out on his 22nd foreign trip on Jan. 15.
People walk near a banner with an image of Pope Francis on the facade of the cathedral in Lima, Peru, on Jan. 3. On Jan. 15, Pope Francis will begin a six-day visit to Chile and Peru. (CNS photo/Mariana Bazo, Reuters)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 10, 2018
The Vatican said Francis had followed the saga of the Sodalitium of Christian Life for years and was “particularly concerned about the seriousness of information about the internal regime, the training and financial management.”
Pope Francis speaks during his annual pre-Christmas meeting with top officials of the Roman Curia and Vatican City State and with cardinals living in Rome in the Clementine Hall Dec. 21 at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Claudio Peri pool via Reuters)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellDecember 21, 2017
Pope Francis has long recognized that the reform of the Roman Curia, which he began in 2013, is a difficult task.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellDecember 17, 2017
25,000 children and pilgrim sang the pope “Happy Birthday" today in St. Peter’s Square.