Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellFebruary 28, 2020
For the second day in a row, Pope Francis, who is suffering from a cold, suspended his public audiences scheduled for today, Feb. 28.
Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Ash Wednesday Mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome Feb. 26, 2020. (CNS photo/Cristian Gennari, pool)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellFebruary 27, 2020
The pope’s spokesman said “his other meetings proceed regularly.” His words were intended to downplay the concern that his condition might be in any way serious.
Politics & Society News
Gerard O’ConnellFebruary 23, 2020
The pope said that discourses from some leaders of new forms of populism bring to mind "speeches that sowed fear and then hate in the decade of the 1930s."
Faith Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellFebruary 22, 2020
Pope Francis has authorized the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints to promulgate a decree recognizing the martyrdom of Grande and his two lay companions. This suggests that they may soon be beatified—that is, declared “blessed”—most likely in a ceremony in El Salvador later this year.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellFebruary 17, 2020
From the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis has been concerned about the Holy See’s diplomats, who today number around 300, their formation and spiritual life, their welfare, their difficult and sometimes dangerous situations, their problems, and how they understand their role and mission.
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellFebruary 14, 2020
The meeting “renewed the will to pursue the institutional dialogue at a bilateral level to foster the life of the Catholic Church and the good of the Chinese people.”
Faith Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellFebruary 12, 2020
In a highly significant move, Francis “officially” presents the synod’s final document, which includes the synod’s hot-button issues, to the Catholic Church worldwide.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellFebruary 07, 2020
Father O’Connor is the first non-Mexican to lead the order that was founded in 1941 by the Mexican priest, the Rev. Marcial Maciel. Benedict XVI removed Father Marcial from public ministry in 2006, after finding him guilty of sexually abusing minors, and ordered him to spend the rest of his life in
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellFebruary 07, 2020
Pope Francis’ much awaited exhortation on the Pan-Amazonian synod will be released on Feb. 12.
A boy holds a family chicken outside his home in Steele, Ala., in this 2013 file photo. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World) 
Politics & Society Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellFebruary 05, 2020
“The world is rich but, notwithstanding this, the [number of] poor people around us is increasing,” Pope Francis said. “Hundreds of millions of people are living in extreme poverty, lacking the bare necessities of life including food, medical care, schools, drinking water.”