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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Vatican financial reform: The nasty is back

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Reverse déjà vu’ shapes Pope Francis’s image

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The narrative of Francis as a progressive reformer is becoming so set in stone as to be beyond rethinking or nuance.

O’Malley says cardinals more open to reform

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O’Malley said that a prior climate of denial among Catholic cardinals has been largely driven underground.

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Pope’s seeming polarities show his consistency

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Plus, the College of Cardinals becomes a global village, and Vatican money in context.