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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 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.”
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Gerard O’Connell
We now know everyone who will participate in the historic month-long gathering at the Vatican this October.
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Gerard O’Connell
The Ukrainian Catholic archbishop of Philadelphia and Metropolitan for the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the United States speaks about his church's synod and its meeting with Pope Francis.
Politics & Society
Gerard O’Connell
As Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, Pope Francis’ special envoy for peace in Ukraine, concluded his three-day visit to Beijing, surprising news came from Moscow.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Antonio Spadaro, S.J., announced today that he will end his 12-year role as editor in chief of La Civiltá Cattolica on Sept. 30, and will become undersecretary of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Culture and Education.
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis announced several times that he hoped Cardinal Zuppi would go to Beijing on a peace mission, but it has taken a long time for the Chinese to agree to accept him.
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
The Ukrainian bishops did not hold back during a nearly two-hour private audience with the pope.
Pope Francis thanks journalists at the end of his inflight press conference on the way back to Rome from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Sept. 4, 2023, after a four-day visit to the Asian country. To the left is Father George Koovakad, the organizer of papal trips. (CNS photo/Lola Gomez)
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
On the plane home from Mongolia, Pope Francis answered several questions about this October’s synod of bishops.