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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 06, 2019
Before leaving the country on Sept. 6, Francis made a last, passionate appeal for reconciliation and the healing of wounds from the nation's long civil war.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 05, 2019
During his sojourn in Madagascar on Sept. 8, Pope Francis will drive six miles from the center of Antananarivo, the capital city of this country of 27 million people, to visit the cooperative association Akamasoa.
Women from different churches sing as they wait to see Pope Francis, ahead of his arrival at the Apostolic Nunciature in the capital Maputo, Mozambique, on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. Pope Francis is opening a three-nation pilgrimage to southern Africa with a strategic visit to Mozambique, just weeks after the country's ruling party and armed opposition signed a new peace deal and weeks before national elections. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 05, 2019
He praised “the efforts made in recent decades to ensure that peace is once more the norm and reconciliation the best path to confront the difficulties and challenges that you face as a nation.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 04, 2019
Vatican spokesperson Matteo Bruni told journalists that “in an informal context, the pope wished to say that he always considers criticisms as an honor, particularly when they come from authoritative thinkers, and in this case from an important nation.”
A Catholic sister browses in a store with Pope paraphernalia in Antananarivo, Madagascar, on Sept. 3. (AP Photo/Alexander Joe)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 03, 2019
When Pope Francis arrives in Mozambique on Sept. 4 he is going to a country that he already knows much about from his time as archbishop of Buenos Aires, the Rev. Juan Gabriel Arias, 50, told America on the eve of the papal visit.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 03, 2019
Pope Francis returns to sub-Saharan Africa for the second time on Sept. 4 to Sept. 10 to visit the Republics of Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 01, 2019
Pope Francis said that the forthcoming United Nations Climate Action Summit “is of particular importance.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 01, 2019
10 of the 13 new cardinals will be eligible to vote in the next conclave, including Jesuit Father Michael Czerny, who oversees the Vatican department for migrants and refugees.
Faith News
Gerard O’ConnellAugust 21, 2019
Three judges of the Victoria Court of Appeal voted 2-1 to uphold Cardinal Pell's conviction.
Survivors of Cyclone Idai arrive at an evacuation center on March 21, 2019, in Beira, Mozambique. The African nation is one of three that Pope Francis will visit in September. (CNS photo/Denis Onyodi, Red Cross Red Crescent via Reuters) 
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellAugust 20, 2019
Pope Francis will visit Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius in his September trip, writes Vatican correspondent Gerard O'Connell, all former colonies facing development challenges.