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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.
Pope Francis burns incense as he venerates an icon of the risen Jesus during Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 17, 2022. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
“Let us allow the peace of Christ to enter our lives, our homes, our countries!” Pope Francis pleaded.
Pope Francis greets the crowd after celebrating Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on April 10, 2022. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
On Palm Sunday, Pope Francis made an appeal to “lay down the arms in Ukraine” and asked, “What kind of a victory would it be to plant a flag on a heap of ruins?”
FaithInterviews
Gerard O’Connell
In this exclusive interview, Canadian Archbishop Don Bolen shares the significance of the pope’s meeting with Indigenous survivors of Canada’s residential schools and what he expects from the pope’s pledged visit to Canada.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
It had been rumored for some time that Pope Francis would appoint the internationally well-known and much-liked Ghanaian cardinal to another high-level position in the Holy See.
Pope Francis answers questions from journalists aboard his flight from Malta to Rome April 3, 2022. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Answering a question from America's Vatican correspondent, Pope Francis indicated he has not spoken directly to President Putin since the war started.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Francis has long desired to visit Malta where, according to the Acts of the Apostles, St. Paul was shipwrecked in 60 A.D. while en route to Rome, where he had asked to be judged.
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
“If Putin says something on Tuesday, the Russian Patriarch has to say the same thing on Wednesday but just putting the word ‘God’ into the sentence,” David Nazar, S.J., said in an exclusive interview with Gerard O’Connell.
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
On Day 32 of the war in Ukraine, Pope Francis made another passionate appeal to political leaders “to understand that every day of war makes worse the situation for everyone.”
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
The pope recorded the messages in the spur-of-the-moment when he received the new bishop of Hong Kong, Bishop Stephen Chow Sau Yan, S.J., in a private audience at the papal library in the Vatican’s apostolic palace.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Some commentators have called this  “revolutionary,” but others say it has deep roots in church tradition.