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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
These appointments are a further indication of the pope’s determination to give more responsibility to women in the Vatican in positions that do not require ordination.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis: “In the next few weeks, I invite you to tackle together the pressing questions that the pandemic has brought to the fore, social ills above all.”
Firefighters carry an injured man following explosions in Beirut Aug. 4, 2020. Two massive explosions near the port of the Lebanese capital injured dozens of people and shattered windows in buildings blocks away. (CNS photo/Mohamed Azakir, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
“Let us pray for the victims, for their families; and let us pray for Lebanon so that it might face this extremely tragic and painful moment and, with the help of the international community, overcome the grave crisis they are experiencing.”
Maximino Caballero Ledo
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Maximino Caballero Ledo has extensive experience as a finance leader with Baxter International, a Fortune 500 American health care company.
Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari, co-founder and former editor of La Repubblica, speaks on Italian television Feb. 1, 2015 (CNS photo/Cristiano Minichiello, AFG). 
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
The only reports of Mr. Scalfari’s long conversations with Francis have come from the elderly journalist, who does not record or take notes.
Cardinal Gerald C. Lacroix of Quebec is pictured at the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Quebec Dec. 29, 2019. (CNS photo/Philippe Vaillancourt, Presence)
FaithNews
Gerard O’Connell
Cardinal Lacroix explained that he decided to speak out because, as the government slowly seeks to reopen society following coronavirus lockdowns, “millions of believers from the different faith communities in the province of Quebec feel betrayed, ignored, by the authorities."
In this file photo, Pope Francis speaks to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Angelus last week, on July 19. (CNS photo/IPA-Sipa USA via Reuters) 
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
After reciting the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square, the pope praised a cease-fire accord in Ukraine and asked young people not to leave the elderly “by themselves” during the pandemic.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis instructed the Vatican to remove Archbishop Luigi Ventura’s diplomatic immunity in July 2019. The archbishop will now have to respond to his accusers at a trial in November.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Cardinal Angelo Scola, the runner-up in the last papal conclave, has come out strongly against those, especially within the church, who frequently and increasingly attack Pope Francis.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
The handbook contain the most up-to-date norms and practices that bishops and superiors of religious orders should follow.