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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Bishop linked to sex abuse resigns

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The resignation of Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City is likely to be hailed as a major step toward accountability for bishops that mishandled allegations.

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Aid groups help victims of anti-Christian violence

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Two-thirds of the world’s Christians live in the developing world, where they’re often convenient targets for anti-Western rage.

Cardinal Francis George, 78; noted US prelate

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The cardinal was trusted by Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI to swim against an increasingly secular tide in the Western world.

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Why the Vatican’s crackdown on nuns ended happily

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Purely at the level of perception, this was a made-for-Hollywood standoff between rigid male hierarchs and feisty progressive nuns.