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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.
Young people hold a Ukrainian flag as Pope Francis speaks to visitors gathered in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican for the recitation of the Angelus prayer March 20. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
“I invite every community and every one of the faithful to join with me next Friday, March 25, the solemnity of the Annunciation, in making this solemn act of consecration of humanity.”
The dome of St. Peter's Basilica in is seen at the Vatican in this 2020 file photo. On March 19, 2022, Pope Francis promulgated the long-awaited constitution reorganizing the Roman Curia. (CNS photo/Guglielmo Mangiapane, Reuters)
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
“Praedicate Evangelium” allows for greater involvement of lay men and women in church governance and assigns the protection of minors a central place in the Curia’s structure. 
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
The first Protestant ever to be employed as an editor by L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican daily newspaper, has published a 367-page book on the ecumenical journey of the first Latin American pope.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
America has learned the meeting between the two religious leaders was first planned a week ago. It was not confirmed who initiated the exchange, but it was the first time the two have spoken since this war broke out.
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
On the 17th day of the war in Ukraine, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, repeated Pope Francis’ call for “an immediate ceasefire” in Ukraine.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
“The people who come are not dead in a technical sense, but they have lost their lives. And they don’t have a new one yet, so they are terribly beaten, and terribly vulnerable.”
FaithGoodNews
Gerard O’Connell
Sister Lucía departed from Manresa at 6 a.m. on March 4 and arrived in Romania the following evening. On the morning of March 6, she set out on the return journey to Spain, bringing six refugees with her.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
“Faith can move mountains, not to mention a stupid war,” Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner whom Pope Francis sent to Ukraine, told journalists in Lviv.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis called for a stop to the armed attacks in Ukraine, and for negotiations and good sense to prevail.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Praying for an end to the war in Ukraine, Pope Francis called for prayer and fasting for the people of Ukraine.