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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent and author of The Election of Pope Francis: An Inside Story of the Conclave That Changed History. He has been covering the Vatican since 1985.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
America has learned the meeting between the two religious leaders was first planned a week ago. It was not confirmed who initiated the exchange, but it was the first time the two have spoken since this war broke out.
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
On the 17th day of the war in Ukraine, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, repeated Pope Francis’ call for “an immediate ceasefire” in Ukraine.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
“The people who come are not dead in a technical sense, but they have lost their lives. And they don’t have a new one yet, so they are terribly beaten, and terribly vulnerable.”
FaithGoodNews
Gerard O’Connell
Sister Lucía departed from Manresa at 6 a.m. on March 4 and arrived in Romania the following evening. On the morning of March 6, she set out on the return journey to Spain, bringing six refugees with her.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
“Faith can move mountains, not to mention a stupid war,” Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner whom Pope Francis sent to Ukraine, told journalists in Lviv.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis called for a stop to the armed attacks in Ukraine, and for negotiations and good sense to prevail.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Praying for an end to the war in Ukraine, Pope Francis called for prayer and fasting for the people of Ukraine.
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
As Russian tanks and troops moved to attack Kyiv and explosions were heard across Ukraine’s capital city, Pope Francis spoke by phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky this Saturday afternoon, Feb. 26.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
In a visit with few if any precedents, Pope Francis met with the Russian ambassador to the Holy See this morning to express concerns about Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
“Jesus taught us that the diabolical senselessness of violence is answered with God's weapons, with prayer and fasting,” the pope said as the situation continued to deteriorate between Russia and Ukraine.