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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Religious persecution, by both oppressors and the oppressed

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India showcases the maddening complexity of religious persecution.

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Christians in India face attacks by Hindu majority

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India’s small Christian minority say things have become considerably worse since a political party called the BJP swept to power in May 2014.

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Francis has a strategy underneath the rhetoric

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The pope thinks Latin America can and should be a counter-weight to some of the corrosive economic forces he sees at work in the world.

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Vatican sex abuse trial a pivotal moment for Pope Francis

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The trial of former papal diplomat Josef Wesolowski is the first major test of the criminal justice system under Francis.