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John L. Allen Jr. is the senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and the senior Vatican analyst for CNN; in February 2014 he will move to the Boston Globe as associate editor to explore the launch of a free-standing publication on Catholicism. He’s the author of nine 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. Allen’s latest book is The Global War on Christians: Anti-Christian Persecution around the World (2013). He holds a master’s degree in Religious Studies from the University of Kansas.