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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Salvadorans flock to much-loved archbishop’s beatification

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In a ceremony believed to be the largest religious gathering ever in Central America, the late Archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified.

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In Romero’s elevation, parallels with Francis emerge

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Many devotees of the iconic archbishop said there’s a straight line connecting Romero and the first Latin American pope.

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Beatification of El Salvador’s Oscar Romero marks turning point

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It’s hard to imagine anyone with a more remarkable tale to tell than Archbishop Oscar Romero. PLUS: Vatican push for Africa shows why the Holy See’s sovereignty matters.

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Vatican recognition of Palestine breaks no new ground

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The recognition of Palestine as a state is not a new Vatican policy under Pope Francis.