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Rome-based associate editor Gerard O’Connell is responsible for planning and producing America’s coverage of the papacy, Vatican affairs and Rome events. He writes a weekly column in the print edition of America called “Vatican Dispatch” and files reports

Cardinal Sean Brady of Armagh, Northern Ireland, arrives for the morning session of the general congregation meeting in the synod hall at the Vatican March 8. (CNS/Paul Haring)
In All Things
Gerard O'ConnellSeptember 08, 2014
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Sean Brady the Primate of All Ireland less than a month after he turned 75 the official age of retirement for a bishop The Vatican gave no reason for the pope rsquo s decision but informed sources say it is directly linked to the cardinal rsq
Jesuit Father David Neuhaus, vicar for Hebrew- and Russian-speaking Catholics for the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
In All Things
Gerard O'ConnellSeptember 05, 2014
An open-ended ceasefire came into force between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza on Aug 26 after more than 50 days of conflict that left around 2 143 Palestinians including some 577 children dead and over 11 230 injured including some 3 374 children according to Palestinian and other sources O
Pope Francis greets crowd as he arrives to World Cup Stadium in South Korea. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Gerard O'ConnellSeptember 04, 2014
Following Francis (9/1)Full Text Of Pope Francis' Press Conference On Plane Returning From Korea (8/18) Pope Opens New Horizons for Church's Dialogue in Asia (8/17) Pope Calls On Koreans To 'Follow the Lead of The Martyrs' (8/16)Pope Presents Gospel as Antido
Vatican's doctrinal congregation finds archbishop guilty of sexual abuse of minors and orders laicization. (CNS photo/Orlando Barria, EPA)
Signs Of the Times
Gerard O'ConnellSeptember 02, 2014
The Vatican has clarified the current legal standing of its former nuncio to the Dominican Republic, Jozef Wesolowski, and has denied allegations that it acted in a manner meant to shield him from judicial proceedings in that Latin American state or in his native Poland. Wesolowski is accused of the
Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O'ConnellSeptember 02, 2014
‘The Catholic Church in Korea has hit the jackpot with Pope Francis!” That’s what Thomas Hong-Soon Han told me in Seoul as the pontiff’s amazingly successful visit ended. He believes many Koreans will now want to join the church because of Francis, but he’s not sure it&
Vatican's doctrinal congregation found Jozef Wesolowski, former nuncio to the Dominican Republic, guilty of sexual abuse of minors and ordersed his laicization. (CNS photo/Orlando Barria, EPA)
In All Things
Gerard O'ConnellAugust 25, 2014
The Vatican has clarified the current legal situation of its former nuncio to the Dominican Republic Josef Wesolowski and has denied allegations made in the U S and other media that it acted in an improper way that prevents him being subjected to judicial process in the Latin American state or in
Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O'ConnellAugust 19, 2014
Like the mustard seed, Asia's Catholic Church has great potential for growth.
GENERATION NEXT. Young people join Pope Francis at the closing Mass of the sixth Asian Youth Day at Haemi Castle in Haemi, South Korea, on Aug. 17.
Signs Of the Times
Gerard O'ConnellAugust 19, 2014
Pope Francis opened new horizons for the Catholic Churches in Asia with a groundbreaking talk on Aug. 17 to 70 bishops from 36 countries of this vast continent, in which he encouraged them to engage in a dialogue that must not only be based on identity but also must be done with “empathy.&rdqu
Pope Francis walks down aisle aboard flight from Seoul to Rome, August 18.
In All Things
Gerard O'ConnellAugust 18, 2014
Pope Francis said ldquo the unjust aggressor rdquo against the minorities in Iraq ldquo must be stopped rdquo but he added no one state can decide to intervene by itself nbsp The crime of aggression has to be taken to the UN to decide which are the best means to stop the aggressor He made c
Young people pray as Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass of the sixth Asian Youth Day at Haemi Castle in Haemi, South Korea, Aug. 17 (CNS photo/Paul Haring) .
In All Things
Gerard O'ConnellAugust 17, 2014
Pope Francis opened new horizons for the Catholic Churches in Asia with a groundbreaking talk to 70 bishops from 36 countries of this vast continent on August 17 in which he encouraged them to engage in a dialogue that is based not only on identity but which also has to be done with ldquo empathy