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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Pope Francis greets a baby during an audience with Italian nurses in Paul VI hall at the Vatican March 3. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMarch 13, 2018
Francis has been first and foremost “a missionary pope,” who is determined to transform the church into “a missionary church.”
Pope Francis greets Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI during a visit with new cardinals at the retired pope’s residence, Nov. 19, 2016 (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout).
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMarch 12, 2018
Benedict affirmed that “there is an internal continuity between the two pontificates.”
Pope Francis walks next to Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias as he leaves the morning session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican, Oct. 9, 2014 (CNS photo/Paul Haring).
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMarch 12, 2018
Cardinal Gracias, one of the pope’s top advisers, spoke about Francis on the eve of the fifth anniversary of his election.
Pope Francis delivers his blessing
Faith
Gerard O’ConnellMarch 11, 2018
Speaking to the Sant'Egidio community, Pope Francis warned: "The atmosphere of fear can infect also those Christians who hide the gift they have received, like the slave in the parable: they do not invest it in the future, they do not share it with others, they preserve it for themselves."
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMarch 07, 2018
Blessed Paul VI and Archbishop Óscar Romero will soon be declared saints.
Pope Francis touches a statue of Mary and Jesus after crowning it during Mass at Lobito beach in Iquique, Chile, Jan. 18. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMarch 03, 2018
The Memorial will celebrated on the Monday after Pentecost in churches throughout the world.
rchbishop Luis Ladaria, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, speaks at a news conference to present the document "Placuit Deo" at the Vatican March 1 (CNS photo/Paul Haring).
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMarch 01, 2018
Today’s letter reflects a somewhat different style and spirit than Benedict XVI’s “Dominus Iesus.”
Politics & Society News
Gerard O’ConnellFebruary 25, 2018
February has been one of the most violent months in the seven years of conflict.
Asia Bibi's husband and her daughter Eisham arrive in the Vatican prior to a private meeting with Pope Francis. (Credit: Vatican News)
Politics & Society News
Gerard O’ConnellFebruary 24, 2018
The pope said Rebecca Bitrus and Asia Bibi are models for a society that today has ever more fear of suffering.
Faith
Gerard O’ConnellFebruary 17, 2018
Pope Francis has appointed 16 members (eight men and eight women) to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.