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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.
FaithVatican Dispatch
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Francis, who will celebrate his 87th birthday on Dec. 17, spoke freely about his health, the possibility of resignation and whether he is losing patience with detractors.
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Gerard O’Connell
Marking the 75th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Pope Francis called for peace in Gaza and respect for human rights.
Monsignor Paolo Braida reading Pope Francis’s message on Dec. 3 (Vatican Media)
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Speaking by live television from Santa Marta, the 86-year-old pope, who clearly has not yet fully recovered from a week-long bout of acute bronchitis, issued his heartfelt appeal for “a new ceasefire agreement.”
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
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On the advice of his doctors, Pope Francis has “with great regret” canceled his visit to Dubai for the COP28 conference on climate change, the Vatican announced on Tuesday evening, Nov. 28.
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
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In an exclusive interview with Gerard O’Connell, Jesuit Cardinal Michael Czerny explains why Pope Francis will address the UN Climate Change Conference in Dubai and what he hopes to achieve.
Pope Francis arrives for a meeting of university chaplains, sponsored by the Dicastery for Culture and Education, in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican Nov. 24, 2023. The next day the pope canceled his scheduled meetings because of flu-like symptoms and underwent a CT scan to rule out pulmonary complications, the Vatican press office said. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
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Pope Francis did not read the catechesis as he usually does on Sunday, but only recited the Angelus prayer, imparted the blessing and asked people to pray for him.
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In an exclusive interview with Gerard O’Connell, Cardinal Pedro Barreto rejoiced when the Synod on Synodality recognized the Ecclesial Conference of the Amazon as “an example of synodality.”
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“Newman’s theology of the development of doctrine enables us to be grounded in our tradition and open to ways in which we can grow in our understanding of it,” Archbishop Costelloe tells Gerard O’Connell. “That’s a key to this whole process.”
Palestinians flee to the southern Gaza Strip on Salah al-Din Street in Bureij, Gaza Strip, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis calls for an end to the Israel-Hamas war. Israel has continued a constant bombing of Gaza since the conflict started on Oct. 7 in retaliation for the attack by Hamas in southern Israel.
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”It’s natural that the church is moving toward synodality,” Cardinal Garcias said in an exlcusive interview with Gerard O’Connell. “But when you say ‘the future,’ it means everything depends on synodality. I don’t think it does.”