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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
 Auxiliary Bishop Fernando Ramos Perez of Santiago, Chile, and Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Errazuriz of San Bernardo, Chile, lead a press conference at the Vatican May 14. Pope Francis is meeting this week with Chile's bishops in the wake of a clerical sex abuse crisis. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 14, 2018
In their first meeting, Pope Francis provided the bishops with texts to pray and meditate on.
Police officers stand guard near the site where an explosion went off at Santa Maria church in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, Sunday, May 13, 2018. Media reports say simultaneous attacks on churches in Indonesia's second largest city of Surabaya have killed a number of people. (AP Photo/Trisnadi)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 13, 2018
A family of six that included two young children carried out deadly attacks on three churches in Indonesia on Sunday.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 11, 2018
In an extraordinary response to a widening sexual abuse crisis, Chilean bishops will arrive in Rome this weekend to participate in a summit called by Pope Francis, May 14 through 17.
Pope Francis greets a woman in Loppiano, Italy, May 10. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 10, 2018
“Never forget that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was a lay person and his first disciple.”
Pope Francis greets people during a gathering of the Neocatechumenal Way at Tor Vergata, a field on the edge of Rome, on May 5. Some 100,000 members of the movement welcomed the pope as they celebrated the 50th anniversary of the movement. Also pictured is Kiko Arguello, co-founder of the Neocatechumenal Way, playing guitar. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters) 
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 07, 2018
A Vatican source explained that whenever the pope is invited to such a large public event he does not see the guest list in advance nor is the list checked by Vatican officials, as they trust the organizers of these gatherings to act in a responsible way.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 02, 2018
The pope met with three victims of Chile’s most notorious predator priest, Father Fernando Karadima
Australian Cardinal George Pell leaves the Melbourne Magistrate Court in Melbourne Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMay 01, 2018
Cardinal George Pell is set to stand trial on charges of sexual abuse that go back decades.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellApril 30, 2018
The three Chilean victims of abuse have each commented positively on their personal encounters with Pope Francis over the weekend.
 Pope Francis touches a rosary during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Nov. 30. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellApril 29, 2018
The pope is praying especially for peace in Syria, Nigeria and the Koreas.
 Pope Francis walks past a video journalist during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 25. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellApril 27, 2018
The pope will first meet each of the victims individually, one or more times, and then as a group.