Voices
Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
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)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
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)
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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.
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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.”
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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.
Pope Francis greets the crowd after delivering his Easter message and blessing "urbi et orbi" (to the city and the world) from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 21, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellApril 21, 2019
Pope Francis prayed for victims of the attacks in Sri Lanka and called for peace, highlighting 18 conflicts around the world.
Pope Francis carries a candle in procession as he arrives to celebrate the Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 20, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
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Gerard O’ConnellApril 20, 2019
Pope Francis called on Christians not to give into a “tomb psychology,” and quoted the American poet Emily Dickinson, who wrote “We never know how high we are/Till we are called to rise.”
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Gerard O’ConnellApril 12, 2019
On March 23, Pope Francis appointed the Spanish-born Capuchin friar, Bishop Celestino Aos Braco as apostolic administrator of the archdiocese of Santiago, Chile.