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John L. Allen, Jr., is the Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and the author of the controversial biography Cardinal Ratzinger: The Vatican’s Enforcer of the Faith. His work has appeared in a variety of American and European publications, including The Miami Herald, The Nation, the Irish Examiner, and Commonweal. During the next conclave, Allen will be an expert analyst for the Fox News television network. He lives in Rome, Italy.