The Papacy of Francis
Associate Editor Boston Globe
Senior Vatican Analyst for CNN
John L. Allen, Jr. is a journalist who specializes in news about the Roman Catholic Church. He is senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter, an independent weekly, and the Vatican analyst of CNN and NPR. Born in 1965 in Kansas, he graduated in 1983 from Thomas More Prep-Marian High School, run by the Capuchin Franciscans. He received a master’s degree in religious studies from the University of Kansas. Allen taught journalism and oversaw the student-run newspaper at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California. He has worked for the National Catholic Reporter Since 1997.
During the coverage of the death of Pope John Paul II, Allen frequently appeared on CNN. He is now the Vatican analyst for CNN and NPR. Among Allen’s best known work is his weekly column “The Word from Rome” which can be found in print and online versions of the National Catholic Reporter.
He is the author of several books, including two on Pope Benedict XVI, one written when he was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, and one written after his election, as well as a book on Opus Dei. All are published by Double Day, Random House. His latest book is scheduled to be released November 2009. The title is The Future Church: How Ten Trends are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church.
Allen is one of the few Catholic journalists respected by Catholics of both “liberal” and “conservative” persuasions.
He and his wife Shannon live in Denver, Colorado.