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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Prelates attend the opening session of the meeting on the protection of minors in the church at the Vatican Feb. 21, 2019. (C
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellFebruary 21, 2019
Pope Francis prayed that the Holy Spirit would “sustain” summit participants and “help us to turn this evil into an opportunity for awareness and purification.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellFebruary 20, 2019
Frederic Martel boldly told reporters at a press conference at the Foreign Press Association in Rome on Feb. 20 that “the great majority” of the more than 200 members of the College of Cardinals are leading double lives.
Members of the Ending of Clergy Abuse organization and survivors of clergy sex abuse outside St. Peter's Square on Feb. 18. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellFebruary 19, 2019
“We all know that canon law has to be changed so that it stops protecting the priesthood of ordained men over the lives of children," Anne Barrett Doyle, the co-director of BishopAccountability.org, told reporters.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellFebruary 19, 2019
Arturo Sosa, S.J., the superior general of the Society of Jesus, today made public the four main reference points that are to guide the life and work of the Jesuits over the next 10 years.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellFebruary 18, 2019
The Vatican will live-stream all the keynote speeches and the interventions of Pope Francis at the upcoming summit on the protection of minors.
Faith News
Gerard O’ConnellFebruary 16, 2019
Pope Francis has recognized the dismissal from the clerical state, also known as laicization, of Theodore McCarrick, 88, the former cardinal and emeritus archbishop of Washington.
 Chicago Cardinal Blase J. Cupich leads a catechesis session for World Youth Day pilgrims at the Parish of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Panama City Jan. 25, 2019. (CNS photo/Chaz Muth
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellFebruary 13, 2019
Cardinal Cupich expects the summit to clarify “to all that they are not alone in implementing measures and that they have to resolve as a body, as the college of bishops, to own this issue.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellFebruary 05, 2019
During a 45-minute press conference on the flight from Abu Dhabi to Rome, Pope Francis answered questions about whether the Holy See would be ready to act as a mediator to avoid a civil war in Venezuela, the problem of the sexual abuse of nuns by clergy in the Catholic Church and the humanitarian
Faith GoodNews
Gerard O’ConnellFebruary 05, 2019
Pope Francis made history this morning when he celebrated Mass for more than 135,000 Catholics from many nations and cultures at the Zayed Sports stadium in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
Pope Francis, right, and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Ahmed el-Tayeb pose for a photo at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Feb. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellFebruary 04, 2019

“There is no alternative: We either build the future together or there will not be a future,” Pope Francis said frankly in an important keynote address to participants at the high-level inter-religious meeting in Abu Dhabi on Feb. 4.