Distinguished Vatican correspondent John L. Allen Jr. will draw on his daily coverage of the Vatican, including interviews with dozens of members of the College of Cardinals, to provide informed insights into the possible successor to John Paul II and to reflect on the future of the Catholic Church under the leadership of the next Vatican administration. Allen will also outline the issues that will drive the election of the next pope and handicap the leading candidates. As part of the Somerville Lecture sponsored by the Catholic Register, Allen will deliver the same lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 18 at the Newman Centre Chapel, University of Toronto, 89 St. George Street, Toronto.
John L. Allen Jr.
John L. Allen Jr. is the prize-winning Vatican Correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and CNN analyst for Vatican affairs. His work has been featured internationally, including the New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Monthly, Irish Examiner, and The Tablet. He is the author of the biography of Cardinal Ratzinger, The Vatican’s Enforcer of the Faith (Continuum, 2002) and Conclave: The Politics, Personalities and Process of the Next Papal Election (Doubleday, 2002).