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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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Will tragedy derail Francis on Christian unity?

By John L. Allen Jr. , Globe Staff

History sometimes turns on tragedies, leaving people to ponder what might have been. A new Catholic focus for that question is a random motorcycle accident last Sunday in England, and whether it may change the arc of Francis’ papacy on ecumenism, meaning the push for unity among Christians.

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Will tragedy derail Pope Francis on Christian unity?

By John L. Allen Jr. , Globe Staff

The Globe’s John Allen also looks at religious violence in Iraq and the pope in America.

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‘FOBs’ driving the train under Pope Francis

By John L. Allen Jr. , Globe Columnist

The Globe’s John Allen also looks at Christians in Gaza and controversy in Korea.

The pope takes a stand on abuse, finances

By John L. Allen Jr. , Globe Staff

On Monday, Francis held his first meeting with victims of clerical sexual abuse. Two days later, the Vatican announced a sweeping financial overhaul, including new leadership and a sharply limited role for the troubled Vatican bank.In both cases, the key effect was to commit Pope Francis definitively to a particular course of action.