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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.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Cardinal Reinhard Marx’s offer to resign as archbishop of Munich and Freising hit the church in Germany and Rome like an earthquake. And while survivors welcomed the move, not everyone agrees with the cardinal’s analysis of the abuse crisis.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis has asked Bishop Egidio Miragoli, to carry out a visitation of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy, which has oversight of the more than 410,000 Catholic priests around the world. He did not reveal why the pope chose him to do this work.
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
“Canadian political and religious authorities may continue to cooperate with determination to shed light on that sad situation and to commit themselves humbly to a path of reconciliation and healing,” Pope Francis said.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
The cardinal’s decision comes at a time when there is a major crisis in the other large German diocese of Cologne linked to the abuse scandal and pastoral management of the archdiocese.
Archbishop Arthur Roche, then secretary of the congregation, left, and Cardinal Robert Sarah, then prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, pray with U.S. bishops at the start of a meeting at the congregation at the Vatican on Jan. 14, 2020. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Archbishop Roche has served Pope Francis well under two very different prefects at the congregation for divine worship.
Villagers fleeing the violence in Myanmar are pictured under candlelight at a school in the Thai border village of Mae Sam Laep. Cardinal Charles Bo is asking the people of Myanmar to say the rosary and participate in eucharistic adoration for peace and justice. (CNS photo/Athit Perawongmetha, Reuters)
FaithNews
Gerard O’Connell
Cardinal Charles Maung Bo said “the midnight attack made the hapless people flee to the jungle. Their fate is still not known to the outside world.”
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
While May 24 has been celebrated with prayer for and with the church in China every year since 2008, Francis’ message on Sunday comes at the end of a week in which a number of troubling news reports reached the Vatican.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis identified three suggestions that are typical of the Holy Spirit: Live in the present. Look to the whole. Put God before yourself.
Pope Francis attends the final session of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon at the Vatican in this Oct. 26, 2019, file photo. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
The pope‘s aim is to involve the whole church at diocesan, national and continental levels through a process of “listening and discernment” on the important theme of synodality.
Father Arturo Sosa, superior general of the Jesuits, speaks during the presentation of the book, Walking with Ignatius, in Rome May 11, 2021. The book is based on an interview journalist Dario Menor conducted with Father Sosa. (CNS photo/courtesy General Curia of the Society of Jesus)
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
St. Ignatius ”was a reformer and a better reformer than Luther,” Father Sosa says in this interview with America for the start of the Ignatian Year, because he “obtained reforms without causing division.”