Politics & Society Vatican DispatchGerard O’ConnellMarch 06, 2020
The normal services of the health and hygiene sector of the Vatican city-state were “temporarily suspended” following yesterday’s positive test for Covid-19 on one patient in order “to sanitize the areas.”
Politics & Society Vatican DispatchGerard O’ConnellMarch 05, 2020
In a small indication of how rapidly the contagion is affecting Italy, by the time the Vatican spokesman sent his communique to the media, the number of victims had risen dramatically—the total number of cases rising to 3,858 and deaths to 148.
Faith Vatican DispatchGerard O’ConnellFebruary 29, 2020
It was the pope’s first public appearance in four days.
Faith Vatican DispatchGerard O’ConnellFebruary 28, 2020
For the second day in a row, Pope Francis, who is suffering from a cold, suspended his public audiences scheduled for today, Feb. 28.
Faith Vatican DispatchGerard O’ConnellFebruary 27, 2020
The pope’s spokesman said “his other meetings proceed regularly.” His words were intended to downplay the concern that his condition might be in any way serious.
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Pope Francis urges bishops of the Mediterranean to promote peace and counteract populist hate speechGerard O’ConnellFebruary 23, 2020
The pope said that discourses from some leaders of new forms of populism bring to mind "speeches that sowed fear and then hate in the decade of the 1930s."
Pope Francis recognizes the martyrdom of Jesuit Rutilio Grande and two lay companions in El SalvadorGerard O’ConnellFebruary 22, 2020
Pope Francis has authorized the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints to promulgate a decree recognizing the martyrdom of Grande and his two lay companions. This suggests that they may soon be beatified—that is, declared “blessed”—most likely in a ceremony in El Salvador later this year.
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Pope Francis: All priests training to be Holy See diplomats must spend one year in missionary serviceGerard O’ConnellFebruary 17, 2020
From the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis has been concerned about the Holy See’s diplomats, who today number around 300, their formation and spiritual life, their welfare, their difficult and sometimes dangerous situations, their problems, and how they understand their role and mission.
Politics & Society Vatican DispatchGerard O’ConnellFebruary 14, 2020
The meeting “renewed the will to pursue the institutional dialogue at a bilateral level to foster the life of the Catholic Church and the good of the Chinese people.”
Faith DispatchesGerard O’ConnellFebruary 12, 2020
In a highly significant move, Francis “officially” presents the synod’s final document, which includes the synod’s hot-button issues, to the Catholic Church worldwide.