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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Francis’ encyclical on environment faces resistance

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Also: Reframing the Vatican’s financial reform, how facing global threats may help US religious freedom debates, and a clarification on “luxury issues.”

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Catholics around world can’t afford ‘luxury issues’

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Some folks are upset that Catholic Relief Services has a non-Catholic employee working in a technical post.

Bishop linked to sex abuse resigns

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The resignation of Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City is likely to be hailed as a major step toward accountability for bishops that mishandled allegations.

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Aid groups help victims of anti-Christian violence

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Two-thirds of the world’s Christians live in the developing world, where they’re often convenient targets for anti-Western rage.