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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Pope Francis delivers the homily as he celebrates the Mass of Lord's Supper April 9, 2020, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Vatican Media via Reuters)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellApril 09, 2020
“Today, I wish to be close to priests, to all priests, from the most recently ordained to the pope,” Pope Francis said. “Today, dear brother priests, you are all with me at the altar.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellApril 09, 2020
Chinese Catholics have donated significant medical supplies to the Vatican to assist in the fight against Covid-19.
An extraordinary minister of the holy Eucharist distributes Communion during Mass at Transfiguration Church in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, N.Y.  (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellApril 08, 2020
This is the second commission established by Pope Francis to study the question of a women’s diaconate.
Cardinal George Pell is seen in a car after being released from Barwon prison in Geelong, Australia, April 7, 2020. (CNS photo/James Ross, AAP Image via Reuters)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellApril 07, 2020
“The Holy See, which has always expressed confidence in the Australian judicial authority, welcomes the High Court’s unanimous decision concerning Cardinal George Pell, acquitting him of the accusations of abuse of minors and overturning his sentence.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellApril 07, 2020
Cardinal Krajewski invited these churchmen to “participate in the sufferings of all those who are enduring trial” because of the coronavirus “by giving an offering.”
Australian Cardinal George Pell is pictured in Rome May 8, 2014. (CNS photo/Robert Duncan)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellApril 06, 2020
The High Court of Australia announced that in a unanimous 7-0 decision, they found that “the jury, acting rationally on the whole of the evidence, ought to have entertained a doubt as to the applicant’s guilt.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellApril 06, 2020
Africa, Asia, Oceania and parts of Amazonia that “are being tragically impacted by the spread of the coronavirus pandemic” will be supported by the new fund.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellApril 05, 2020
In his Palm Sunday homily, Pope Francis noted that "Jesus says to each one of us: ‘Courage, open your heart to my love. You will feel the consolation of God who sustains you’.”
An Iraqi man wearing a protective face mask gives a bottle of water to a homeless man in Basra on April 2. (CNS photo/Essam al-Sudani, Reuters) 
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellApril 03, 2020
“The worst virus is not Covid-19,” Father Sosa said, “but the injustice that does not let so very many people live a dignified human life.”
A medical worker in a protective suit treats a coronavirus patient in an intensive care unit at the Casalpalocco hospital in Rome March 24, 2020. (CNS photo/Guglielmo Mangiapane, Reuters)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellMarch 31, 2020
“The situation continues to be very, very difficult in the hospitals of northern Italy because of the lack of intensive care units,” Dr. Renata Ghelardi said, reporting that the hospital system in Bergamo “is in a state of collapse.”