Associate Editor, Crux

John L. Allen Jr.

John L. Allen Jr. is associate editor of the Globe and Crux, the Globe’s website covering Catholicism (www.cruxnow.com). He is a senior Vatican analyst for CNN, and was a correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter for 16 years. He’s the author of 10 books on the Vatican and Catholic affairs, and is also a popular speaker on Catholicism and the papacy 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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In Nigeria, a chance for fellowship

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The fellowship of suffering in the New Kuchingoro camp illustrates one of the least appreciated aspects of the Boko Haram story.

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Nigeria is a testing ground for solutions to persecution

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In 2014, Nigeria claimed a dubious distinction: It became the world’s largest crucible for new Christian martyrs.

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For Congo church, hand in politics is business as usual

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It’s been an eventful few weeks for the Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where roughly half the population is Catholic.

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Divorce reform a muddled task

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Pope Francis made a few points on Wednesday that seemed to back divorce reform in the church and others to discourage it.