Voices
Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Pope Francis greets a nun during a meeting with 850 superiors general on May 10, 2019, at the Vatican, who were in Rome for the plenary assembly of the International Union of Superiors General. (CNS photo/Vatican Media via Reuters)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 10, 2019
“In regard to the diaconate we must see what was there at the beginning of revelation, if there was something, let it grow and it arrives, but if there was not, if the Lord didn’t want a sacramental ministry for women, it can’t go forward.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 09, 2019
Pope Francis today issued a wide-ranging decree, known as a "motu proprio" or executive decree, that lays down procedures and norms for reporting abuse in the church, aimed at the eradication of abuse in the church.
Pope Francis with reporters aboard his flight from Skopje, North Macedonia, to Rome on May 7, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 07, 2019
Pope Francis said, “There were deaconesses at the beginning [of the church], but [the question is] was theirs a sacramental ordination or not?”
Children hold a gift showing St. Teresa of Kolkata and Pope Francis before the pope's visit to the Mother Teresa Memorial in Skopje, North Macedonia, May 7, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
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Gerard O’ConnellMay 07, 2019
He visited Mother Teresa’s memorial, saw relics of “the saint of the slums” and recited a prayer that he had personally composed. He praised God for the gift of her life and prayed for her intercession for North Macedonia.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 07, 2019
Pope Francis is the first pope to visit North Macedonia, where Mother Teresa of Calcutta was born.
Pope Francis sits near young people as he attends a meeting for peace with Bulgarian representatives of various religious in Nezavisimost Square in Sofia, Bulgaria, May 6, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
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Gerard O’ConnellMay 06, 2019
Like Saint Francis, the pope said, “each of us is called to follow in his footsteps by becoming a peacemaker, an ‘artisan’ of peace.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 06, 2019
Even as pope, Francis considers himself a parish priest—“the world’s parish priest” as he once told a friend. This morning, he presided in a small Catholic enclave more than 100 miles from Sofia, the capital city.
 Pope Francis visits with Bulgarian Orthodox Patriarch Neofit and members of the Holy Synod at the Palace of the Holy Synod in Sofia, Bulgaria, May 5, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 05, 2019
The meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Neofit was only the second meeting in more than a thousand years between a pope and a Bulgarian Orthodox patriarch.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 05, 2019
“God Bless Bulgaria," Pope Francis prayed, and "keep her in peace and ever hospitable, and grant her prosperity and happiness.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 01, 2019
Pope Francis will visit Bulgaria and North Macedonia from May 5 to 7, two majority Orthodox countries with very small Catholic populations.