Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Pope Francis meets Marc, a street paper vendor from Utrecht, Netherlands, at the Vatican in October 2015. Marc conducted an exclusive interview with the pope for all street papers, through the news service of the International Network of Street Papers. INSP supports 113 street papers across the world, who offer employment to 13,000 homeless and marginalized people in 34 countries. (CNS photo/courtesy of Frank Dries, Straatnieuws) 
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellApril 27, 2020
The pope again expressed his deep, personal concern for the homeless and other poor people and reaffirmed his spiritual “closeness” to them.
Pope Francis exchanges gifts with French President Emmanuel Macron during a private audience at the Vatican in June 2018. (CNS photo/ Alessandra Tarantino, pool via Reuters)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellApril 21, 2020
Pope Francis expressed his closeness and support to France, where Covid-19 has claimed more than 20,000 lives.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellApril 19, 2020
Pope Francis warned against “the risk” of “being struck by an even worse virus” than Covid-19, namely “selfish indifference.”
In an editorial published April 17, 2020, by the Spanish magazine Vida Nueva, Pope Francis said Christians are called to be joyful witnesses to Christ's victory over death during the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS file photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellApril 17, 2020
Pope Francis says our experience today mirrors in many ways that of the disciples of Jesus after his death and burial in the tomb. Like them, “we live surrounded by an atmosphere of pain and uncertainty,” and we ask, “Who will roll away the stone [from the tomb?]”
Father Augusto Zampini is pictured in Rome in August 2017. (CNS photo/Cindy Wooden)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellApril 15, 2020
In this exclusive interview with America, Father Zampini said, “The future starts today, and we should be conscious that the decisions that are being taken by governments and world leaders in these months will shape the future of our world.”
A man walks past the shuttered stalls of fishmongers at Rome's Piazza Vittorio market on March 25.  (CNS photo/Nancy McNally) 
Politics & Society Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellApril 13, 2020
The country’s economy was already in serious difficulty before the pandemic hit. Now, Italy could enter its fourth recession in a decade.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellApril 13, 2020
On Easter Monday, Pope Francis offered solidarity and prayers to the people of the United States and other countries hard hit by Covid-19.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellApril 12, 2020
In his Easter "Urbi et Orbi" address, Pope Francis appealed for a global ceasefire, as well as for the relaxing of sanctions and the reduction or forgiveness of the debt of poor countries. He urged an all-out effort to care for those who lack the basic necessities of life, including refugees and
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellApril 11, 2020
At the Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday evening, Pope Francis delivered an inspiring homily in which he likened the experience of the women in Jerusalem to that of people around the world today as they endure the Covid-19 epidemic.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellApril 10, 2020
In an empty St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis presided over the historic 'Via Crucis" with help from groups of health care workers and prisoners.