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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.
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
As Russian tanks and troops moved to attack Kyiv and explosions were heard across Ukraine’s capital city, Pope Francis spoke by phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky this Saturday afternoon, Feb. 26.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
In a visit with few if any precedents, Pope Francis met with the Russian ambassador to the Holy See this morning to express concerns about Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
“Jesus taught us that the diabolical senselessness of violence is answered with God's weapons, with prayer and fasting,” the pope said as the situation continued to deteriorate between Russia and Ukraine.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Addressing a symposium on the priesthood in the Vatican on Feb. 17, Pope Francis presented what he called the “four forms of closeness” that he considers fundamental to the life of a priest.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
In an important move, Pope Francis has issued a decree, published “motu proprio” (on his own initiative), in which he has modified the internal structure of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis has set in motion the preparations for the Jubilee Year 2025, which he believes “can contribute greatly to restoring a climate of hope and trust” after two years of pandemic and suffering.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has written a “mea culpa” in which he asks forgiveness for “the abuses and the errors” that occurred when he held different positions of great responsibility in the church.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and President Biden issued statements emphasizing the need to recognize that all people are brothers and sisters and are called to live together as such to achieve peace.
Newly elected Pope Benedict XVI greets thousands of pilgrims from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica after his election as pope at the Vatican in this April 19, 2005, file photo. (CNS photo/Kai Pfaffenbach, Reuters)
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Father Zollner is the president of the Pontifical Gregorian University’s Center for Child Protection. He has been one of the few people in Rome willing to speak on the record about the Munich report.
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
The duty of the Secretariat for the Economy includes “to report transparently” so that those who contribute “are then able see how the money with which they help is spent,” Juan Antonio Guerrero, S.J., said Friday.