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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.
Israeli soldiers inspect the burned cars of festival-goers near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, in southern Israel, Oct. 13, 2023, at the site of an attack on the Nova Festival by Hamas gunmen from Gaza. (OSV News photo/Amir Cohen, Reuters)
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Francis did not say whether this “compañero” was in fact among those killed, injured or taken hostage.
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis has called for the respect of “humanitarian rights…above all in Gaza,” as well as the guarantee of “humanitarian corridors” and the release of the hostages.
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis today called for “the immediate release” of the more than 100 Israeli hostages taken by Hamas into Gaza and, at the same time, expressed his deep concern at the “total siege” imposed by Israel on Gaza.
FaithSynod Diary
Gerard O’Connell
“The synod is not a council. It does not take decisions as a council does. Its task is to discern, not decide,” one synod member explained to me.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
“We behave completely unjustly, unjustly toward the pope because the opposition to him is always based on one or two phrases taken out of context,” Cardinal Ryś said in an exclusive interview America.
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
As the death toll rises in Israel, Pope Francis prayer for the families of the victims and “for all those who are living through hours of terror and anxiety.”
FaithSynod Diary
Gerard O’Connell
What strikes me most about the synod, now in its third day, is the climate of prayer that envelops it, Gerry O’Connell writes.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Cardinal Stephen Brislin, 67, the archbishop of Cape Town, said he sees “enormous signs of hope” for South Africa today, notwithstanding the poverty and “enormous” corruption.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis did not attend Vatican II, but from the beginning of his pontificate, he set out with determination to continue its implementation.
Pope Francis places a red biretta on the head of new Cardinal Christophe Pierre, nuncio to the United States, during a consistory for the creation of 21 new cardinals in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sept. 30, 2023. (CNS photo/Lola Gomez)
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis told the college of cardinals that it is called “to resemble a symphony orchestra, representing the harmony and synodality of the church.”