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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
A volunteer serves a meal at a soup kitchen in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Oct. 4, 2019. Resolving the global crises of world hunger and malnutrition demands a shift away from a distorted approach to food and toward healthier lifestyles and just economic practices, Pope Francis said in an Oct. 16 message. (CNS photo/Agustin Marcarian, Reuters)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 16, 2019
Pope Francis said, “We must come to realize that what we are accumulating and wasting is the bread of the poor.”
Domenico Giani, former chief of the Vatican police force, holds a cross as Vatican police officers and Swiss Guards process through St. Peter's Square in September 2016. Pope Francis appointed Gianluca Gauzzi Broccoletti, a cybersecurity expert, as the new head of the Vatican Security Services on Oct. 15. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 15, 2019
He takes over from Commander Giani, who resigned yesterday after taking “objective” but not “subjective” responsibility for the leaking to an Italian journalist of a reserved notice informing Vatican security personnel that five employees had been suspended from their work “as a precautionary
Domenico Giani, lead bodyguard for Pope Francis and head of the Vatican police force, keeps watch as the pope leaves his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican May 1, 2019. Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Giani Oct. 14, nearly two weeks after an internal security notice was leaked to the Italian press. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 14, 2019
Domenico Giani resigned after being unable to identify the source of a leak of a confidential Vatican security notice connected to ongoing financial investigations.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 13, 2019
The cardinal archbishop of Westminster came to Rome with 15 English and Welsh bishops to concelebrate the Mass in which Pope Francis declared Newman a saint, the first British saint to be born after 1800.
Banners showing new Sts. Giuseppina Vannini and John Henry Newman hang from the facade of St. Peter's Basilica as Pope Francis celebrates the canonization Mass for five new saints in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 13, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 13, 2019
The new saints include three women religious who cared for the poor and the sick, a laywoman mystic and the most significant English Catholic theologian of modern times.
Pope Francis meets with nuncios from around the world at the Vatican in June. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 11, 2019
Archbishop Marino comes to his new post with considerable diplomatic experience in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America, including 11 years of service in three majority-Muslim states and seven years working in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 07, 2019
Pope Francis said the synod’s way is to “bring us close to consider the Amazon reality with this pastoral heart, with the eyes of disciples and missionaries.”
Pope Francis arrives in procession to celebrate the opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Oct. 6. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 06, 2019
At an opening Mass for the synod on the Amazon, Pope Francis urged participants to exercise “daring prudence” and called for evangelism without “colonialism.” Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell reports.
Pope Francis leaves in procession after a consistory for the creation of 13 new cardinals in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Oct. 5. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 05, 2019
In his homily as he created 13 new cardinals, Pope Francis emphasized the intimate link between being compassionate and “the ability to be loyal in one’s ministry.”
 Pope Francis meets U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a private audience at the Vatican Oct. 3, 2019. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 04, 2019
Pompeo: “More than 80 percent of mankind lives in places where religious freedom is threatened or entirely denied and it’s no coincidence that it has happened as unfree societies have proliferated.”