Voices

Rome-based associate editor Gerard O’Connell is responsible for planning and producing America’s coverage of the papacy, Vatican affairs and Rome events. He writes a weekly column in the print edition of America called “Vatican Dispatch” and files reports

Politics & Society Dispatches
Gerard O’Connell October 06, 2017
The Declaration of Rome appealed “to leaders of the world’s great religions to inform and mobilize members of every faith to join in a global movement to protect the world’s children.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell October 05, 2017
The pope was speaking on Oct. 5 at an assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell October 04, 2017
Cardinal Parolin said that “the sexual abuse of minors constitutes a very vast and widespread phenomenon."
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell October 02, 2017
“It’s not about scaremongering. It’s about protecting children from abuse on the internet.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell October 02, 2017
The pope “offers the promise of his prayers for the injured and for all who have died, entrusting them to the merciful love of Almighty God.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell September 29, 2017
A pioneering international congress on the risks to children in the digital world will be hosted by the Jesuit-run Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, from Oct. 3 to 6.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell September 28, 2017
In an interview with America, Sister Normal Pimental talks about her involvement with Pope Francis' "Share the Journey" campaign.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell September 27, 2017
The Caritas campaign is calling for a week of prayer and action for the world’s 66 million forcibly displaced people, running from Oct. 7 through 13.
Faith Dispatches
Gerard O’Connell September 26, 2017
“The trigger to violence and the aggressive response are lamentable,” Cardinal Bo said in his carefully worded statement.
Faith News
Gerard O’Connell September 24, 2017

The Vatican has accused its first-ever auditor general of “going beyond his powers" in hiring an external firm to carry out investigations on the private lives of officials of the Holy See. The announcement comes after the auditor-general, Libero Milone, who resigned last June, broke his silence