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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The big picture at trip’s end seemed to be how it showcased a pope maddeningly difficult to pin down according to the usual political categories.

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Asia swing proves Francis is many things, but not boring

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Challenges in Asia await Pope Francis

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Francis’s Asian odyssey could be another turning point in a papacy already full of drama.