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Recent articles by Gerard:

The 2020 finances of the Roman Curia were better than expected — but not great

The consolidated financial statement of the Roman Curia for 2020 revealed better-than-expected results even though the overall situation is still quite difficult. → Read More

Pope Francis restricts celebration of the pre-Vatican II Latin Mass in new decree

Pope Francis has revoked the faculty given by his predecessors that allowed any Catholic priest of the Latin Rite to celebrate the Tridentine Mass. → Read More

Pope Francis returns to Vatican 10 days after successful operation

Pope Francis returned to the Vatican just before midday, July 14, after spending nine days in the Gemelli hospital recovering from an intestinal operation on July 4. → Read More

Pope Francis will remain in hospital longer than expected to ‘optimize’ his recovery

Pope Francis continues to make progress after his operation but will remain in hospital for to “optimize in the best way possible the medical and rehabilitation therapy.” → Read More

Pope Francis continues to recover well, resumes work, will recite Angelus from hospital on Sunday

Pope Francis continues to recover well from the intestinal operation he underwent on July 4. He has walked in the corridor, resumed work, celebrated Mass, and is eating regularly. → Read More

Pope Francis suffered a temporary fever, but doctors have found no sign of infection

Pope Francis had a temporary fever last evening, July 7. But routine microbiological examinations and a CT scan of his chest and abdomen carried out this morning came back negative. → Read More

Pope Francis’ recovery going well, results of post-op tests are good, doctors say

Pope Francis continues to recover after his intestinal operation on Sunday evening but wishes to keep media coverage of his hospital stay succinct and low-key, reports Gerard O’Connell. → Read More

Pope Francis ‘reacted well’ to intestinal operation, doctors say

Pope Francis, 84, underwent a pre-planned surgery for a restriction of the sigmoid portion of the large intestine at the Gemelli Hospital in Rome this Sunday afternoon. → Read More

Pope Francis: Lebanese political leaders should work for peace — not their own interests

“Lebanon cannot be left prey to the course of events or those who pursue their own unscrupulous interests,” Pope Francis said on the day of prayer and reflection for peace in Lebanon. → Read More

Pope Francis calls for the church to be free from ‘the intransigent defense of tradition’

“Only a free church is a credible church,” Pope Francis declared in his homily on June 29, the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. → Read More

Pope Francis encourages Jesuit Father James Martin in his L.G.B.T. ministry

On the eve of the Outreach 2021 L.G.B.T. conference, Father Martin received a handwritten personal letter in Spanish from Francis, expressing his support. → Read More

‘The Holy See fears the collapse of the country’: Pope Francis to host a day of prayer for Lebanon

“The Holy See fears the collapse of the country,” Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican’s secretary for relations with states, stated frankly. → Read More

Pope Francis asks Cardinal Cupich to carry out internal review of Vatican office for human development

As archbishop of Chicago since 2014, Cardinal Cupich has shown considerable organizational talent. The visits will reportedly begin next week. → Read More

Pope Francis appoints English Oblate, Father Andrew Small, secretary of child protection commission

Pope Francis has appointed Andrew Small, O.M.I., a 53-year-old English priest, as the secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. → Read More

Pope Francis appoints Korean bishop to head the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy

The appointment of Bishop Lazzaro You Heung-sik as the new prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy is another major surprise in the Francis papacy. → Read More

Explainer: Cardinal Marx wasn’t accused of sexual abuse or cover-up. So why has he offered to resign?

Cardinal Reinhard Marx’s offer to resign as archbishop of Munich and Freising hit the church in Germany and Rome like an earthquake. And while survivors welcomed the move, not everyone agrees with the cardinal’s analysis of the abuse crisis. → Read More

Pope Francis calls for abandonment of colonial mentality after discovery of buried Indigenous children in Canada

“Canadian political and religious authorities may continue to cooperate with determination to shed light on that sad situation and to commit themselves humbly to a path of reconciliation and healing,” Pope Francis said. → Read More

Army attack on Myanmar Catholic church leaves four dead

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo said “the midnight attack made the hapless people flee to the jungle. Their fate is still not known to the outside world.” → Read More

Pope Francis: The People of God must be consulted before the October 2023 synod of bishops

The pope‘s aim is to involve the whole church at diocesan, national and continental levels through a process of “listening and discernment” on the important theme of synodality. → Read More

Arturo Sosa, SJ on what Pope Francis and St. Ignatius have in common

St. Ignatius ”was a reformer and a better reformer than Luther,” Father Sosa says in this interview with America for the start of the Ignatian Year, because he “obtained reforms without causing division.” → Read More