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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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Vatican inquiry ends with olive branch for American nuns

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A report released Tuesday was full of praise, and without any disciplinary measures or new controls.

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Vatican probe ends with an olive branch for American nuns

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A report released Tuesday was full of praise, and without any disciplinary measures or new controls.

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Pope Francis to name new cardinals in February

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Almost nothing a pope does is as critical to the direction of Catholicism, in part because cardinals are the most influential leaders in the church.

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