Voices
Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari, co-founder and former editor of La Repubblica, speaks on Italian television Feb. 1, 2015 (CNS photo/Cristiano Minichiello, AFG). 
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard 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.
Cardinal Gerald C. Lacroix of Quebec is pictured at the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Quebec Dec. 29, 2019. (CNS photo/Philippe Vaillancourt, Presence)
Faith News
Gerard 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."
In this file photo, Pope Francis speaks to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Angelus last week, on July 19. (CNS photo/IPA-Sipa USA via Reuters) 
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard 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.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard 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 Dispatch
Gerard 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.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJuly 16, 2020
The handbook contain the most up-to-date norms and practices that bishops and superiors of religious orders should follow.
A young woman is pictured in a file photo near her hostel in Yangon, Myanmar. (CNS photo/Myat Thu Kyaw, Reuters)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard 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.
People visit Hagia Sophia in Istanbul June 30, 2020. (CNS photo/Murad Sezer, Reuters)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard 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 Dispatch
Gerard 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.
A migrant is seen in a file photo holding his guitar aboard the Sea Watch 3 German charity ship off the coast of Lampedusa, Italy. (CNS photo/Nick Jaussi, Sea-Watch via Reuters)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard 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.’”