Faith Vatican DispatchGerard O’ConnellAugust 02, 2020
The only reports of Mr. Scalfari’s long conversations with Francis have come from the elderly journalist, who does not record or take notes.
Faith NewsGerard O’ConnellJuly 30, 2020
Cardinal Lacroix explained that he decided to speak out because, as the government slowly seeks to reopen society following coronavirus lockdowns, “millions of believers from the different faith communities in the province of Quebec feel betrayed, ignored, by the authorities."
Faith Vatican DispatchGerard O’ConnellJuly 26, 2020
After reciting the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square, the pope praised a cease-fire accord in Ukraine and asked young people not to leave the elderly “by themselves” during the pandemic.
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Former Vatican ambassador to stand trial in Paris on charges of ‘sexual aggression’ against four menGerard O’ConnellJuly 23, 2020
Pope Francis instructed the Vatican to remove Archbishop Luigi Ventura’s diplomatic immunity in July 2019. The archbishop will now have to respond to his accusers at a trial in November.
Faith Vatican DispatchGerard O’ConnellJuly 21, 2020
Cardinal Angelo Scola, the runner-up in the last papal conclave, has come out strongly against those, especially within the church, who frequently and increasingly attack Pope Francis.
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Vatican publishes handbook for bishops and religious superiors to guide response to abuse allegationsGerard O’ConnellJuly 16, 2020
The handbook contain the most up-to-date norms and practices that bishops and superiors of religious orders should follow.
Faith Vatican DispatchGerard O’ConnellJuly 13, 2020
The appeal was signed by the more than 40 of the foremost religious figures of this majority-Buddhist state, including Cardinal Charles Maung Bo.
Faith Vatican DispatchGerard O’ConnellJuly 12, 2020
Pope Francis' brief words at the Sunday Angelus are the Vatican's first public response to the Turkish president's move to turn Hagia Sophia back into a mosque.
Politics & Society Vatican DispatchGerard O’ConnellJuly 10, 2020
The Unesco World Heritage site in Istanbul, founded as a Christian church in the 6th century, transformed into a mosque in the 15th century and then into a museum in 1934, will reopen as a mosque on July 24 with Friday prayers.
Politics & Society Vatican DispatchGerard O’ConnellJuly 08, 2020
Pope Francis drew attention to the dramatic situation of refugees in Libya today, “the detention camps, the abuses and violence that migrants are victims of, journeys of hope, rescue operations and push-backs. ‘Whatever you did, you did it for me.’”