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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
A man walks past a coffee bar and cafeteria on the Via della Conciliazione near the Vatican June 9, 2020. The sign in the window says, "Without government help, we cannot reopen. Thousands of employees at risk." (CNS photo/Cindy Wooden)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 09, 2020
“As bishop of Rome, I have decided to institute in the diocese the ‘Jesus the Divine Worker Fund’ to affirm the dignity of work,” Pope Francis said.
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 05, 2020
Pope Francis: “The protection of the environment and respect for the biodiversity of the planet are issues that affect us all. We cannot pretend to be healthy in a world that is sick.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 03, 2020
“We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.”
 Vatican workers remove scaffolding from the final restored section of the colonnade in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican in this January 2014 file photo. Pope Francis issued a new set of laws June 1, 2020, that govern the awarding of contracts for goods and services provided by outside vendors. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJune 01, 2020
Pope Francis said the aim of the decree is to “reduce in a significant way the danger of corruption” in the awarding of contracts.
Pope Francis greets the faithful from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter’s Square on May 31. The pope led the Sunday prayer from his window for the first time in three months, after the square was reopened. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 31, 2020
On Pentecost Sunday, Pope Francis proclaimed the unity guaranteed by the Holy Spirit: “we are not bits of confetti blown about by the wind, rather we are irreplaceable fragments in his mosaic.” Gerard O’Connell reports.
A cleric wears a mask as Pope Francis leads the recitation of the rosary during a prayer service at the Lourdes grotto in the Vatican Gardens on May 30. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 30, 2020
Writing to priests in Rome and across the world, Pope Francis offered encouragement but warned against the ‘temptation’ to ignore the wounds of the pandemic. America correspondent Gerry O’Connell reports from the Vatican.
Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus and a native of Waterbury, Conn., in an undated photo. (CNS file photo) 
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 27, 2020
The pope also announced plans to canonize Charles de Foucauld, César de Bus and Maria Domenica Mantovani.
St. John Paul II greets Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in 2002. Marking the 25th anniversary of St. John Paul II's encyclical on Christian unity, Pope Francis said he shares "the healthy impatience" of those who think more can and should be done, but he also insisted that Christians must be grateful for the progress made. (CNS photo/Reuters)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 26, 2020
“One thing is certain,” Pope Francis writes. “Unity is not chiefly the result of our activity, but a gift of the Holy Spirit. Yet, unity will not come about as a miracle at the very end. Rather, unity comes about in journeying.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 24, 2020
Francis called for reflection on the encyclical in which he “sought to draw attention to the cry of the earth and of the poor.”
Jesuit Father Arturo Sosa, right, greets the previous superior general, Jesuit Father Adolfo Nicolas, after his election in Rome Oct. 14, 2016. (CNS photo/Don Doll, S.J.)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 22, 2020
Father Nicolás “was not the kind of leader who says, ‘I am the one who knows everything.’ He really trusted in people, and he listened.”