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John L. Allen Jr.

John L. Allen Jr. is associate editor at the Globe, specialized in coverage of the Vatican and the Catholic Church. He also serves as senior Vatican analyst for CNN, and was for 16 years a correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter. He’s the author of nine books on the Vatican and Catholic affairs, and is also a popular speaker on Catholic affairs both in the United States and internationally. Veteran religion writer Kenneth Woodward of Newsweek described Allen as “the journalist other reporters – and not a few cardinals – look to for the inside story on how all the pope’s men direct the world’s largest church.”

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Two pins in South Korea show a pope doing it his way

By John L. Allen Jr. , Globe Staff

The Globe’s John Allen also examines a globalized papacy and support for US airstrikes in Iraq.

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Pope offers cautious yellow light for US airstrikes in Iraq

By John L. Allen Jr. , Globe Staff

Pope Francis said that while it’s morally legitimate to stop an unjust aggressor, a single nation shouldn’t decide on use of force.

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In South Korea, Francis displays a truly globalized papacy

By John L. Allen Jr. , Globe staff

The globalized thrust was clear with the decision to come in the first place.

‘Christians don’t come as conquerors,’ Francis says

By John L. Allen Jr. , Globe Staff

In a speech Sunday, Francis suggested that numerical gains among the faithful are less important than fostering friendships.