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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

News
Gerard O'Connell July 14, 2014
Decision may distance even further possibility of visible unity with the Catholic Church.
In All Things
Gerard O'Connell July 11, 2014
Pope Francis is well on the way to achieving a total and radical reform of the Vatican rsquo s finances That became abundantly clear on July 9 when the Australian cardinal George Pell the man he appointed to spearhead that reform presented the New Economic Framework for the Holy See at a crowded
In All Things
Gerard O'Connell June 27, 2014
The Working Document WD for next October rsquo s Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family provides a clear picture of the real situation of families today nbsp Based on input from the consultation in dioceses across the world it offers a good basis for an open and lively discussion at that
News
Gerard O'Connell June 17, 2014
“Don’t forget the three P’s: prayer, peace and poverty,” Pope Francis, speaking in English, told the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, as he bade him farewell after their 40 minute meeting in the Vatican on June 16. “We must walk together!” he added.It was t
News
Gerard O'Connell June 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
In All Things
Gerard O'Connell June 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'Connell June 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'Connell May 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
In All Things
Gerard O'Connell May 26, 2014
Vatican Correspondent Gerard O'Connell reports from Jerusalem.