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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

Pope Francis looks on as Israeli President Shimon Peres, left, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas embrace at the Vatican. (CNS/Paul Haring)
News
Gerard O'ConnellJune 09, 2014
“It is my hope that this meeting will mark the beginning of a new journey where we seek the things that unite, so as to overcome the things that divide,” Pope Francis said in a forceful speech concluding the historic Prayer for Peace in the Holy Land, held in the Vatican Gardens on June
Pope Francis walks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during arrival ceremony at presidential palace in Bethlehem. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
In All Things
Gerard O'ConnellJune 05, 2014
For the past half century political leaders on both sides of the Atlantic and in the Middle East with varying levels of political will have used an array of instruments in an effort to broker a lasting peace accord between Israelis and Palestinians They have failed up to now and that 66-year-old
In All Things
Gerard O'ConnellJune 02, 2014
After returning to Istanbul from his meeting with Pope Francis in Jerusalem Patriarch Bartholomew made the surprise announcement that the two of them had ldquo agreed to leave as a legacy to ourselves and to our successors to celebrate together a gathering in Nicea in 2025 after 17 centuries th
In All Things
Gerard O'ConnellMay 27, 2014
Francis the tireless Pope responding to questions from reporters on the flight back to Rome from Tel Aviv May 26 announced that he will meet 8 victims of abuse by clergy in early June and revealed that three bishops are currently under investigation for this crime He clarified that the early Ju
Pope Francis stops in front of the Israeli security wall in Bethlehem, West Bank. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, pool)
In All Things
Gerard O'ConnellMay 26, 2014
Vatican Correspondent Gerard O'Connell reports from Jerusalem.
In All Things
Gerard O'ConnellMay 25, 2014
JERUSALEM -- nbsp At a time when the United States seems to have abandoned any hope of brokering a peace accord between Israelis and Palestinians under the present Administration and the rest of the world watched on helplessly Pope Francis on Sunday May 25 stepped forward with a daring new appro
Pope Francis blesses journalist aboard papal flight en route to Amman. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)
In All Things
Gerard O'ConnellMay 24, 2014
AMMAN Jordan nbsp mdash nbsp On 13 June 2013 nbsp Pope Francis granted an interview to Israel rsquo s Channel 2 TV at Santa Marta the Vatican guesthouse where he lives That interview made history it was the first time that a TV crew entered Santa Marta to interview the pope What is not known