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 ( 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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John Allen Jr. | All Things Catholic

A guide to decoding Catholic reaction to Pope Francis

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Pope Francis is massively popular around the world, but somewhat divisive inside the church itself.


Popes Benedict and Francis aren’t Coke v. Pepsi, but Rolls and Royce

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It isn’t a rivalry, but actually one of the more intriguing partnerships in recent Christian history.

John Allen Jr. | all things catholic

At three-year mark, Francis a ‘both/and’ pope in an ‘either/or’ world

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Even after three years it’s striking how much of an enigma Pope Francis remains.

JOHN L. ALLEN JR. | All things Catholic

Anti-Christian attacks continue

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With 100 people murdered in August 2008, there have been only 30 prosecutions and just two convictions.