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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent and author of The Election of Pope Francis: An Inside Story of the Conclave That Changed History. He has been covering the Vatican since 1985.
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Gerard O’Connell
It will be a demanding trip health-wise for the 84-year-old pontiff coming just two months after his colon operation on July 4.
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Gerard O’Connell
The 9/11 attack not only changed world history but also impacted the future of the Catholic Church.
Pope Francis arrives for his general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican Aug. 25, 2021. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
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Gerard O’Connell
“I don’t know where they got it from last week that I was going to resign.... It didn’t even cross my mind,” Pope Francis said in the first interview since his July 4 operation.
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Gerard O’Connell
“A nurse, a man with great experience, saved my life,” Pope Francis revealed in the first interview he has given since the operation on his intestine July 4.
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Pope Francis said Christians “cannot remain indifferent” in “historic moments such as this one.”
Pope John Paul I is pictured at the Vatican in 1978 during his short time as pontiff
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Gerard O’Connell
Recognition of an alleged miraculous healing would open the door to John Paul’s beatification and decide the date for it, which is likely to be in 2022.
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The appointment makes her the highest ranking woman in the Roman Curia.
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Gerard O’Connell
History was made in the Vatican this morning when the trial against Cardinal Angelo Becciu and nine other persons on charges including abuse of office, embezzlement and fraud.
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Gerard O’Connell
The consolidated financial statement of the Roman Curia for 2020 revealed better-than-expected results even though the overall situation is still quite difficult.
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Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis has revoked the faculty given by his predecessors that allowed any Catholic priest of the Latin Rite to celebrate the Tridentine Mass.