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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sept. 30 (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters).
Synod on the Family
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 03, 2015
Pope Francis will open the synod tomorrow morning, Oct. 4, with a concelebrated mass in St Peter’s Basilica attended by 270 synod fathers from all continents.
Synod on the Family
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 03, 2015
The Vatican has denounced as ldquo very serious and irresponsible rdquo the decision by Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa an official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith CDF to announce publicly on the eve of the synod of bishops on the family that he is homosexual and has a partner
THE POPE’S CUBAN “DREAMERS.” Young people cheer as Pope Francis arrives at the cathedral in Havana, Sept. 20.
Signs Of the Times
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 22, 2015
Minutes after arriving in Cuba on Sept. 19, Pope Francis hailed “the process of normalizing relations between the two peoples of Cuba and the United States” after more than 50 years of estrangement as “a sign of the victory of the culture of encounter and dialogue” that
Synod on the Family
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 22, 2015
Some 250 bishops from all over the world will gather in synod in the Vatican from Oct. 4 to 25 for what many consider to be the most important assembly of this kind since the Second Vatican Council. They gather exactly 50 years after that council to focus on the family and, in the words of Pope Fran
Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 16, 2015
The crackdown against Christianity has taken various forms.
Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 08, 2015
This week-long journey takes him first to Cuba and then to the United States and is widely considered “the big one” of the year.
Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 08, 2015
Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio was appointed by the pope to a commission to study the annulment process.
Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 06, 2015
ldquo Many people experience the church 39 s doctrine as far from reality There is a kind of practical schism Christian couples very committed to the church for example do not live the teachings of the encyclical 39 Humanae Vitae 39 regarding birth control It 39 s a problem that needs
Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 02, 2015
Pope Francis comes to embrace all Americans.
Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellAugust 20, 2015
Timor-Leste is the world’s most densely populated Catholic country after Vatican City.