John Allen

Boston Globe

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Associate Editor, specializing in coverage of the Vatican and the Catholic Church, for the Boston Globe; author of several books, including The Rise of Benedict XVI: The Inside Story of How the Pope Was Elected and Where He Will Take the Catholic Church, The Future Church: How Ten Trends Are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church, Against the Tide: The Radical Leadership of Pope Francis and 10 Things Pope Francis Wants You to Knowformer senior correspondent and former Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter (1997-2014)

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Pope Francis arrived at the South Portico of the White House, President Obama framed his visit in a broad context.

Pope Francis arrives at the White House

Pope Francis arrived at the South Portico of the White House, President Obama framed his visit in a broad context.

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After less than two years as the first Pope from Latin America,  Francis today listed 15 "ailments"  of the cardinals, bishops and priests who run the Roman Catholic Church — beginning…

Pope Francis Sees "Spiritual Diseases" in the Church

After less than two years as the first Pope from Latin America, Francis today listed 15 "ailments" of the cardinals, bishops and priests who run the Roman Catholic Church — beginning…

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