Voices
Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellDecember 06, 2014
Last Thursday nbsp December 4 I had the great privilege to sit in on the interview that Pope Francis kindly granted to Elisabetta Piqu for Argentina rsquo s La Nacion newspaper for which she is the Rome correspondent nbsp She is also my wife and author of ldquo Francis Life and Revolution
Pope Francis speaks at ceremony in observance of U.N. Day for the Abolition of Slavery, Dec. 2.
Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellDecember 06, 2014
Immediately after his election on 13 March 2013 Pope Francis told himself ldquo Jorge do not change continue being yourself because to change at your age would be ridiculous rdquo nbsp nbsp He revealed this interesting personal detail in a wide-ranging exclusive interview with Elisabetta P
Hong Kong cardinal leaves police station after turning himself in.
Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellDecember 03, 2014
Protest leaders call for end to civil disobedience campaign as risk of further violence increased.
Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellDecember 02, 2014
History was made in the Vatican today when Pope Francis and other leaders of the world rsquo s main religions mdash Christianity Islam Hinduism Buddhism and Judaism mdash signed a joint declaration to work together to eradicate modern slavery in its various forms by the year 2020 nbsp nbsp Pope
Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople greet a small crowd after delivering a blessing in Istanbul Nov. 30. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 30, 2014
Pope Francis stated unequivocally in Istanbul on November 30 that he as Bishop of Rome and the worldwide Catholic Church desire unity ndash lsquo full communion rsquo - with the 300 million member Orthodox Churches and he added that the only condition for achieving this is ldquo the shared pr
Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 30, 2014
Pope Calls on Muslim Leaders to Condemn Terrorist Attacks and Violence Done in the Name of IslamPope Francis called on Islamic political religious academic and intellectual leaders to condemn terrorist attacks and violence done in name of Islam nbsp nbsp He did so in a 45 minute press conferenc
Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople embrace during a prayer service in the patriarchal Church of St. George in Istanbul Nov. 29. (CNS photo/Paul Haring
Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 29, 2014
Pope Francis took everybody by surprise at the end of the solemn Orthodox prayer service in the church of St George in the Fanar Istanbul nbsp on the evening of November 29 by asking the ecumenical patriarch of the 300 million member Orthodox Church nbsp Bartholomew I ldquo to pray for me an
Pope Francis shakes hands with Mehmet Gormez, head of Turkey's religious affairs directorate, in Ankara Nov. 28. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile)
Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 29, 2014
Pope Francis prayed for some moments in the Sultan Ahmet Mosque in Istanbul on the second day of his visit to Turkey nbsp He did so standing nbsp alongside the Grand Mufti of this city nbsp head bowed eyes closed ldquo It was a moment of silent adoration rdquo the Vatican spokesman Fr Fed
Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 28, 2014
On his first day in Turkey Pope Francis emphasized the urgent need to bring an end to the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and in particular in Syria and Iraq and called for ldquo the solidarity of all believers rdquo to counteract ldquo fanaticism and fundamentalism as well as irrational
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 27, 2014
Pope Francis rsquo three-day visit to Turkey November 28-30 was intended primarily as an ecumenical visit to the center of the Orthodox world with an important Muslim-Christian dimension nbsp It has taken on considerable political significance however because of the dramatic situation in the