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Looking back and Pope Francis’ first year: Q&A with John Allen

In this Q&A, religion reporter Lilly Fowler talks to Allen about his years covering the Roman Catholic Church, the Boston Globe’s new website, Crux, and Pope Francis’ leadership so far.

Another facet of being pro-life

Deacon Greg Kandra devotes his blog post to  John Allen's reflection on the Church’s newest “pro-life” cause From his column in The Boston Globe:  In Catholic parlance, certain terms carry weight far beyond their face value meaning. Calling something a “pro-life”...

Pope asks permission for a Bishop

Francis named Bishop Nunzio Galantino the new secretary of the Italian bishops' conference while allowing him to serve part-time while remaining in his diocese. John Allen writes in a column in the National Catholic Reporter.... "A typical Francis footnote is that he...

Challenges to Francis’ Vision

John L. Allen Jr.  offers thoughts on Challenges to vision of a 'Poor Church for the Poor'   "How I would like a poor church for the poor," Francis said. It's a fitting sentiment for a pope who took his name from Francis of Assisi, a saint renowned for his love affair...
Under reported – Christian persecution

Under reported – Christian persecution

John Allen, noted columnist for the NCR, writes... "Egypt is one of the front lines in what I've come to call the "global war on Christians," meaning mounting anti-Christian violence in various corners of the world. The latest symbol is Nadia Mohamed Ali and her seven...

Catholic activism on the death penalty

Catholic activism on the death penalty

 John L. Allen Jr.  writes a brief dispatch from Denmark on Catholic activism on the death penalty. Rumors of the death of the church's passion for social justice have been greatly exaggerated, at least to judge by a high-profile international conference in Rome on...

Speaking of today’s Christian martyrs

Speaking of today’s Christian martyrs

John Allen draws attention to the  Nov. 4-6 conference at Notre Dame, "Seed of the Church: Telling the Story of Today's Christian Martyrs."  Sponsored by Notre Dame's Institute for Church Life, the event's aim was to raise consciousness about the widespread...

Universality of the new Cardinals

Universality of the new Cardinals

John Allen writes, Pope Benedict XVI said he wanted his Nov. 24 consistory, the fifth of his papacy, to express the universality of Catholicism. His choice of six new cardinals from every continent except Europe was designed to convey, as he put it Saturday, that the...

A ‘rising tide’ of threats to religious freedom

John L Allen Jr  writes, "Beyond any doubt, religious freedom has emerged as the premier social and political concern of the Catholic church in the early 21st century. Pope Benedict XVI offered confirmation as recently as last Saturday, during his trip to Lebanon....

Pope’s visit to Lebanon: What’s expected?

(Romereports.com) Fifteen years ago John Paul II visited Lebanon. Now his predecessor will pay a visit. Next week, Benedict XVI will be in the heart of the Middle East, to encourage Christians who are suffering and facing discrimination. The visit will also be a new...

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