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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 26, 2018
Pope Francis urged Chinese Catholics on Wednesday to trust God and make concrete gestures of reconciliation following the landmark deal over bishop appointments.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 25, 2018
"Rome nominates, the pope nominates. That is clear!”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 25, 2018
“I have never, never given a pardon on a conviction.”
Pope Francis caresses a child as he arrives to celebrate a Mass in Freedom Square, in Tallinn, Estonia, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 25, 2018
The pope said he knows that young people “are upset by sexual and economic scandals that do not meet with clear condemnation.”
 A young woman holds the Latvian flag as Pope Francis celebrates Mass Sept. 24 at the Shrine of the Mother of God in Aglona, Latvia. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 24, 2018
It was an important message for the 2.2 million people of Latvia, where today 37 percent of the population are Russian.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 23, 2018
On his second day in Lithuania, Pope Francis traveled 65 miles to Kaunas, the country’s second largest city, to celebrate Mass in Santakos Park for more than 100,000 people.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 22, 2018
Pope Francis arrived in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, to celebrate the centenary of the country’s independence.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 22, 2018
Pope Francis has recognized all the remaining bishops who were ordained in China in recent years without the pope's approval.
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 22, 2018
In a historic breakthrough, the Holy See has signed today, Sept. 22, “a provisional agreement” with China on the appointment of bishops.
Girls gather for celebrations marking the feast of the Assumption in August 2012 in Aglona, Latvia. Twenty-five years after St. John Paul II visited Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, Pope Francis will make the same three-nation visit Sept. 22-25, stopping at a number of the same places as his saint-predecessor. (CNS photo/Ints Kalinins, Reuters)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 21, 2018
He is the second pope to visit these Baltic nations. John Paul II came to the region in September 1993, after the collapse of communism, and was welcomed as a hero. Pope Francis comes exactly 25 years later, but much has changed since that first papal visit.