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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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All Things Catholic | John L. Allen Jr.

‘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.

All Things Catholic | John L. Allen Jr.

On sex and money, Pope Francis sets his course

By John L. Allen Jr. , Globe Staff

The Globe’s John Allen also looks at the Vatican’s finance czar.

Changes to Vatican bank unveiled

By John L. Allen Jr. and Ines San Martin , Globe Staff and Globe Correspondent

Unveiling the most radical financial reforms to date under Pope Francis, the Vatican Wednesday announced new leadership.