Voices
Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott and ministry leaving the swearing in ceremony (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 11, 2014
Pope Francis has sent a letter to the Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott who will chair the Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the world rsquo s 20 largest economies that will be held in Brisbane Nov 15-16 The G20 includes the 19 major developed and developing economies of the w
Archbishop Mamberti, Vatican secretary for relations with states, addresses U.N. General Assembly in New York. (CNS photo/Adrees Latif, Reuters)
Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 08, 2014
In a series of top level changes in the Roman Curia Pope Francis has appointed the English-born Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher as Secretary for Relations with States ndash the third highest position in the Vatican nbsp nbsp nbsp He succeeds the Moroccan-born Archbishop Dominque Mamberti wh
Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 05, 2014
'When the church...expresses herself in communion, she cannot err.'
Pope Francis gives the homily as he celebrates Mass at the Verano cemetery in Rome Nov. 1, the feast of All Saints. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellNovember 05, 2014
Cardinal heads now 'obligated' to present resignation at 75.
Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 29, 2014
The recent extraordinary assembly of the Synod of Bishops is likely to go down as a milestone in the history of the church. It was the first time since Paul VI established this organ of collegiality on Sept. 15, 1965, that the assembly “truly functioned as a synod and not a staged gathering of
Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 23, 2014
The next 12 months will be an enriching and challenging period for local churches.
Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 18, 2014
Pope Francis was given a five-minute standing ovation after he delivered an awesome address to the 253 participants at the closing session of the synod of bishops on October 18 in which he identified five temptations that he had seen at the synod and told them ldquo we have one year to mature rd
Pope Francis leaves the concluding session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 18. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 18, 2014
The Final Report of the synod on the family revealed that the synod has closed no doors all the main questions are still on the table and an absolute majority of the synod fathers are with Pope Francis in favor of a Church that like the Good Samaritan reaches out to care for all her ldquo wounde
Pope Francis thanks the media as he leaves the concluding session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 18. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 17, 2014
The atmosphere is tense around the Vatican on the eve of the vote on the Final Report of the extraordinary synod on the family nbsp It has revived memories of what happened in the early days of the Second Vatican Council those who were here at that time tell me nbsp A number of synod fathers ha
Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 17, 2014
Vietnam rsquo s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said his meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican on Saturday October 18 ldquo will present an opportunity for both sides to enhance mutual understanding thus strengthening the relationship between Viet Nam and the Holy See rdquo The meeting he sa