Voices
Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 12, 2015
Pope Francis is returning to Asia for the second time stopping first in Sri Lanka a predominantly Buddhist country from January 13-15 and then taking a flight to the Philippines the most populous Catholic country in Asia where he will stay from January 15-19 This is his seventh foreign trip si
Ambassadors from 180 countries exchange New Year's greetings with pope on Jan. 12
Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 12, 2015
Hours before departing for Asia to visit Sri Lanka and the Philippines Francis made a heartfelt appeal for peace in the world as conflicts spread and tensions escalate in many countries nbsp He called for an end to conflicts in the Middle East especially in Syria and Iraq and for peaceful and n
Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 11, 2015
New book explores the social teaching of the first Jesuit pope.
Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 11, 2015
The newly-elected President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena will welcome Pope Francis when he arrives at Colombo international airport on Tuesday morning January 13 His predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa who had been in power for ten years and had hoped for a third term in office invited Francis
Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu
Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 10, 2015
Veteran journalist discusses Catholic minority of this war-torn country
A Philippine vendor sells T-shirts of Pope Francis in front of a church in Manila, Philippines, Jan. 4. Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the Philippines Jan. 15-19. (CNS photo/Francis R. Malasig, EPA)
Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 09, 2015
As Pope Francis prepared to journey to the Philippines Jan 15-19 the third most populous Catholic country in the world after Brazil and Mexico I interviewed a well-known Filipino peace advocate Ed Garcia about the significance of the papal visit and the situation in the country today at both
Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 07, 2015
Pope Francis’ second visit to Asia (Jan. 12 to 19)—to Sri Lanka and the Philippines—is about to take place as I write. I am one of some 70 reporters accompanying him and will report for America. Here I wish to simply highlight some similarities and differences between the two count
Social media users showed support for the victims and free speech with the hashtag #jesuischarlie, which translates "I am Charlie."
Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 07, 2015
'Every instigation to violence must be rejected.'
Archbishop Van Nhon, 76, was among the 20 new cardinals named by Pope Francis Jan. 4. (CNS photo/Kham, Reuters)
Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 04, 2015
Pope Francis has announced that he will create 15 new cardinals from 13 countries who will have the right to vote in the next conclave almost all are bishops of dioceses from all continents and several are from nbsp lsquo the peripheries rsquo of the world He will also give the red hat to 5 ret
Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellDecember 25, 2014
Pope Francis highlighted the killing and maltreatment of children in so many countries as he issued a passionate plea for peace in his second Christmas message to the city of Rome and to the World ldquo Urbi et Orbi rdquo and reminded his global audience that ldquo Jesus is the salvation for