Boston Globe adds Vatican writer

Just in time to cover the public's burgeoning love for Pope Francis, John L. Allen Jr. will soon join The Boston Globe as a Vatican correspondent and associate editor covering the Roman Catholic Church. Currently a senior correspondent with the National Catholic Reporter, Allen is credited with establishing their Rome office. 

"Breaking news, this time not about Pope or Vatican but yours truly," he tweeted with respect to the news, referring to this link. He later added, "Extremely gracious reaction from NCR to my joining the Boston Globe on Feb. 1, for which I'm deeply grateful."

A clear choice for the job, Allen has also previously served as a senior Vatican analyst for CNN, as well as authored several books concerning the Vatican and the Church.

"Big religion hire for @BostonGlobe," observed Michael Paulson at the New York Times, later adding, "With hiring of @JohnLAllenJr , @BostonGlobe will explore 'launching a free-standing publication devoted to Catholicism.'"

It's an intriguing notion in a town like Boston, and one we'll be very keen to watch the Globe pursue!

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