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John L. Allen, Jr.
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John L. Allen Jr. is associate editor of The Boston Globe after 16 years as the prize-winning Senior Correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter.  He also serves as the Senior Vatican Analyst for CNN. He’s the author of seven best-selling books on the Vatican and Catholic affairs, and writes frequently on the Church for major national and international publications. He’s also a popular speaker on Catholic affairs, both in the United States and abroad.

The London Tablet has called Allen “the most authoritative writer on Vatican affairs in the English language,” and renowned papal biographer George Weigel has called him “the best Anglophone Vatican reporter ever.” When Allen was called upon to put the first question to Pope Benedict XVI aboard the papal plane en route to the United States in April 2008, the Vatican spokesperson said to the pope: “Holy Father, this man needs no introduction.” That’s not just a Vatican judgment. 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.”

Allen’s work is admired across ideological divides. Liberal commentator Fr. Andrew Greeley calls his writing “indispensable,” while the late Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, a conservative, called Allen’s reporting “possibly the best source of information on the Vatican published in the United States.” His weekly internet column, “All Things Catholic,” is widely read as a source of insight on the global Church.

Allen’s most recent book is The Global War on Christians: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Anti-Christian Persecution.  John divides his time between Rome and his home in Denver, Colorado. He grew up in Western Kansas, and holds a Master’s degree in Religious Studies from the University of Kansas.

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All the Pope's Men
The Inside Story of How the Vatican Really Thinks
Written by John L. Allen, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: October 17, 2006
Price: $14.95

A fascinating and enlightening look at the world’s oldest and most mysterious institution, written by an American journalist with unparalleled knowledge about the Vatican's past and present.

The sexual abuse scandals that shook American and British Catholicism in 2002 brought to light a long-standing cultural gap between the English-speaking Catholic world and... Read more >
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All the Pope's Men
The Inside Story of How the Vatican Really Thinks
Written by John L. Allen, Jr.


Format: eBook, 400 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $11.99

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The Future Church
How Ten Trends Are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church
Written by John L. Allen, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: January 24, 2012
Price: $16.00

One of the world’s foremost religion journalists offers an unexpected and provocative look at where the Catholic Church is headedand what the changes will mean for all of us.

What will the Catholic Church be like in 100 years? Will there be a woman pope? Will dioceses throughout the United States and... Read more >
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The Future Church
How Ten Trends are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church
Written by John L. Allen, Jr.


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: November 10, 2009
Price: $28.00

One of the world’s foremost religion journalists offers an unexpected and provocative look at where the Catholic Church is headedand what the changes will mean for all of us.

What will the Catholic Church be like in 100 years? Will there be a woman pope? Will dioceses throughout the United States and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

The Future Church
How Ten Trends are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church
Written by John L. Allen, Jr.


Format: eBook, 480 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: November 10, 2009
Price: $12.99

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The Global War on Christians
Dispatches from the Front Lines of Anti-Christian Persecution
Written by John L. Allen, Jr.


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $25.00

One of the most respected journalists in the United States and the bestselling author of The Future Church uses his unparalleled knowledge of world affairs and religious insight to investigate the troubling worldwide persecution of Christians.

From Iraq and Egypt to Sudan and Nigeria, from Indonesia to the Indian subcontinent, Christians in... Read more >
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The Global War on Christians
Dispatches from the Front Lines of Anti-Christian Persecution
Written by John L. Allen, Jr.


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $12.99

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Opus Dei
An Objective Look Behind the Myths and Reality of the Most Controversial Force in the Catholic Church
Written by John L. Allen, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: June 19, 2007
Price: $23.00

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Opus Dei
An Objective Look Behind the Myths and Reality of the Most Controversial Force in the Catholic Church
Written by John L. Allen, Jr.


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: November 1, 2005
Price: $18.99

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A People of Hope
The Challenges Facing the Catholic Church and the Faith That Can Save It
Written by John L. Allen, Jr. and Timothy M. Dolan


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: July 9, 2013
Price: $15.00

In A People of Hope, religion journalist John Allen, Jr. profiles New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan and shares Dolan's perspective on the present and future of Catholicism. In a time where church-related scandals have garnered strong coverage by the media, Dolan gives students a contrastingly positive view of the Catholic Church... Read more >
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A People of Hope
Archbishop Timothy Dolan in Conversation with John L. Allen Jr.
Written by John L. Allen, Jr.


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $25.00

One of the world's most respected religion journalists profiles New York's Archbishop Timothy Dolan, one of the country's—and possibly the world’s—most important Catholic leaders through lengthy exclusive interviews.

Unique among the current leadership of the Catholic Church, Archbishop Dolan shares his insightful perspective in this series of conversations on the present and... Read more >
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A People of Hope
Archbishop Timothy Dolan in Conversation with John L. Allen Jr.
Written by John L. Allen, Jr.


Format: eBook, 240 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $11.99

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The Rise of Benedict XVI
The Inside Story of How the Pope was Elected and Where He Will Take the Catholic Church
Written by John L. Allen, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: October 17, 2006
Price: $12.95

On April 18, 2005, the College of Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church gathered to elect a successor to Pope John Paul II. Faced with several potential candidates, the cardinals made a bold choice, entrusting the Keys of the Kingdom to 78-year-old Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, a man whose views... Read more >
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The Rise of Benedict XVI
The Inside Story of How the Pope was Elected and Where He Will Take the Catholic Church
Written by John L. Allen, Jr.


Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $10.99

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Let's Not Forget God
Freedom of Faith, Culture, and Politics
Written by Cardinal Angelo Scola and John L. Allen, Jr.


Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $20.00

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Let's Not Forget God
Freedom of Faith, Culture, and Politics
Written by Cardinal Angelo Scola and John L. Allen, Jr.


Format: eBook, 128 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $10.99

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