Voices
Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Kukama boys watch boats on the Amazon's Maranon River near Dos de Mayo in Peru's Loreto region. As the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic increasingly exposes fault lines between the rich and poor, the eight bishops of Peru's Amazonian region have urged the government to pay particular attention to the needs of indigenous people. (CNS photo/Barbara Fraser)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 30, 2020
Vatican officials said the Ecclesial Conference of the Amazon aims to be “an effective channel for taking up, from within the territory, many of the proposals that emerged” at the Pan-Amazonian synod.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 29, 2020
Peter and Paul, Pope Francis noted, provide valuable role models to encourage us toward unity and prophecy.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 28, 2020
Both prayers and economic assistance, Pope Francis stressed, are needed to ameliorate the ongoing humanitarian catastrophes in Syria, Yemen and Lebanon.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 27, 2020
At the Church of the Gesú in Rome, Cardinal Michael Czerny, S.J., ordained 18 deacons and two priests who have been studying in Rome.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 21, 2020
“The coronavirus crisis has highlighted the need to ensure the necessary protection for refugees.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 20, 2020
“You have been one of the pillars of the whole country,” the pope said in his first public audience since lockdown.
Ducks swim past plastic bottles and other debris floating on the Tiber River in Rome July 28, 2019. In his 2015 encyclical, "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home," Pope Francis said that "the earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth." (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 18, 2020
The text seeks “to relaunch the rich contents” of an encyclical still relevant today and even more so in the light of a world hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 18, 2020
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, 93, flew to Germany this morning to visit his brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, 96, who is gravely ill at his residence in Regensburg.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 14, 2020
“Jesus approaches us gently, in the disarming simplicity of the host. He comes as bread broken in order to break open the shells of our selfishness.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 13, 2020
“Until we revive our sense of responsibility for our neighbor and every person, grave economic, financial and political crises will continue,” the pope said in his message for the World Day of the Poor.