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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 17, 2019
Rev. Gabriele Martinelli is accused of the sexual abuse of altar boys who served the papal masses in St. Peter’s Basilica and who lived in a Vatican pre-seminary in the years before 2012.
Pope Francis embraces Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, superior general of the Society of Jesus, during a meeting with editors and staff of the Jesuit-run magazine, La Civilta Cattolica, at the Vatican Feb. 9, 2017. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout)
Faith Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 16, 2019
His critics know Pope Francis "will not change,” said Father Sosa, adding, “In reality, these [attacks] are a way to influence the election of the next pope.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 13, 2019
Pope Francis believes that Christianity and the Catholic Church can have a great future in this continent where two-thirds of humanity live.
Pope Francis answers questions from journalists aboard his flight from Antananarivo, Madagascar, to Rome on Sept. 10. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 10, 2019
Heading home from his trip to Africa, the pope criticized “schools of rigidity” in the church but said he welcomed criticism and did not see a U.S. schism as imminent. America’s Vatican correspondent, Gerard O’Connell, reports.
A woman waves palm fronds as people wait for the arrival of Pope Francis to celebrate Mass at the monument to Mary, Queen of Peace in Port Louis, Mauritius, Sept. 9, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 09, 2019
Pope Francis encouraged the Mauritian people to support “a better division of income and the integral promotion of the poor” and “not to yield to the temptation of an idolatrous economic model that sacrifices human lives on the altar of speculation and profit alone.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 09, 2019
“Our young people are our foremost mission! We must invite them to find their happiness in Jesus,” the pope said at Mass for 368,000 Catholics.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 08, 2019
Father Opeka welcomed Pope Francis to Akamasoa which, he said, “was one a zone of exclusion, suffering violence and death” but over the past 30 years “Divine Providence has created an ‘oasis of hope’ in which children have regained their dignity, young people have returned to work and their parents
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 08, 2019
On Sunday, Sept. 8, his last day in Madagascar, Pope Francis celebrated Mass for approximately one million people. The overwhelming majority of those present at Mass are poor, but they love Francis because they see him as “a man of God” and “the pope of the poor,” one who is on their side in world
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 07, 2019
Pope Francis encouraged the bishops of Madagascar “to be sowers of hope and peace” in the midst of the contradictions that are so evident in this land.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 07, 2019
On his first day in Madagascar, Pope Francis issued a strong call to the governmental authorities of this island of 27 million people to fight “with determination” against “endemic forms of corruption and speculation,” to “confront” the situations that “create conditions of inhumane poverty,” and