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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
Gerard O’Connell
The pope, who celebrated his 85th birthday on Dec. 17, is not planning to slow down — and there appears to be no resignation or conclave on the horizon.
Pope Francis arrives for an audience to exchange Christmas greetings with members of the Roman Curia in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican Dec. 23, 2021. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
The pope’s talk was aimed at promoting a synodal culture, rooted in humility, at the heart of the central government of the church.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
In his message for the 2022 World Day of Peace, Pope Francis proposed three paths to peace: dialogue between the generations, greater investment in education and job creation.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
A new document from the Vatican congregation that oversees Mass and the sacraments offers responses to questions some bishops have asked about restrictions on the celebration of the pre-Vatican II liturgical rite.
FaithDispatches
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis, who turned 85 on Dec. 17, is “looking well and in good health,” Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the archbishop of Mumbai, said in an exclusive interview with America’s Vatican correspondent.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis arrived at the foot of the statue of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception at 6:15 a.m. and prayed for “the miracle of cure for the many sick people” in today’s world.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis revealed that a second meeting between him and the Russian Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow is under consideration. “It’s on the not-distant horizon,” he said.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis revealed for the first time that the archbishop had given “small caresses and massages” to his secretary, which “was a sin” but “not the gravest of sins.”
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
“Here democracy was born,” Pope Francis said. “Yet we cannot avoid noting with concern how today — and not only in Europe — we are witnessing a retreat from democracy.”
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
“Let us not become paralyzed by fear of openness or bold gestures or give in to talk of ‘irreconcilable differences’ that, in fact, have nothing to do with the Gospel!”