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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On pontiffs and popularity

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The pope’s poll numbers remain sky-high, with the most recent Pew Forum study putting his approval rating among American Catholics at 90 percent.

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Why ‘Peace Pope’ might back force against ISIS

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There are three compelling reasons to believe that ISIS may end up as the trigger for a towering historical irony.

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Francis describes short course to his papacy

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As he has on other occasions, Pope Francis recently hinted that he doesn’t expect to be around very long.

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Pope certain a miracle changed him

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Plus: the Pope and the movements, and remembering Cardinal Egan.