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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
FaithVatican Dispatch
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A number of the cardinal’s public statements on the liturgy and other topics reflected a pre-Vatican II traditionalist outlook that at times openly contrasted with the direction given by Pope Francis.
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In his address to Vatican ambassadors, Pope Francis said that the pandemic “set before us a choice: either to continue on the road we have followed until now or to set out on a new path.”
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Pope Francis today expressed his “live concern” at the recent developments in Myanmar where the military has seized power, overthrowing the results of the recent election.
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Breaking with tradition and opening a new door in the synodal process, Pope Francis has appointed a woman, Sister Nathalie Becquart, as one of two new undersecretaries of the synod of bishops.
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The head of the Catholic Church and the head of Al-Azhar gave the world yet another powerful witness of their friendship and commitment to work together for peace among the nations.
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
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Cardinal Charles Maung Bo appealed to the people of Myanmar “to remain calm” and not resort to violence in the wake of the military coup.
Activists hold placards during a protest in Kathmandu, Nepal, Feb. 1, 2021, after Myanmar's military seized power from a democratically elected civilian government and arrested its leaders. (CNS photo/Navesh Chitrakar, Reuters)
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Aware that a coup appeared to be imminent, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, the archbishop of Yangon, speaking on Jan. 25 issued “an urgent, fraternal appeal for peace and reconciliation.”
Pope Francis greets Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago during a meeting with U.S. bishops from Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin making their "ad limina" visits to the Vatican Dec. 12, 2019. (CNS photo/Vatican Media) 
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Vatican sources suggest that Pope Francis would have been keen to talk with Cardinal Cupich about the situation in the United States following the inauguration of President Joe Biden.
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A flare-up of sciatica has caused Pope Francis to cancel several appearances in the coming days.
Politics & SocietyNews
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These were the first such suicide bombings since June 2019 and came on the eve of the pope’s planned visit to the country on March 5-8, a visit that now is under serious question.