Crux Staff

  • John L. Allen Jr.


    John L. Allen Jr. is the editor of Crux, specializing in coverage of the Vatican and the Catholic Church. He has written eleven books on the Vatican and Catholic affairs, and also is a popular speaker on Catholicism both in the United States and internationally. The London Tablet has called John “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 John 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 spokesman 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 John 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.” His 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 his reporting “possibly the best source of information on the Vatican published in the United States.” John’s weekly column, “All Things Catholic,” is widely read as a source of insight on the global Church. Among John’s books are “Opus Dei: An Objective Look Behind the Myths and Reality of the Most Controversial Force in the Catholic Church”, and two about Pope Benedict XVI. The first was written before Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger became pope; the other came after Benedict’s election to the papacy and was the first biography of the Pope in English. John's articles have appeared in The Boston Globe, The New York Times, CNN, NPR, The Tablet, Jesus, Second Opinion, The Nation, the Miami Herald, Die Furche, and the Irish Examiner. He is a senior Vatican analyst for CNN, and was a correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter for 16 years. John, a native of Kansas, received a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Fort Hays State University and a master's degree in religious studies from the University of Kansas. For several years, he taught journalism at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California and also supervised the student-run newspaper, The Knight. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of St. Michael's College in Toronto, Ontario; Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill.; St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt.; and the University of Dallas, Dallas, Texas.

  • Inés San Martín


    Inés San Martín is an Argentinean journalist who covers the Vatican in Rome for Crux. Before joining Crux, Inés was a community manager, content director, and graphic designer for Contá con Nosotros, and worked as a reporter and editor for Valores Religiosos in Buenos Aires. She managed the international press office for World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro in 2013. Inés holds a bachelor's degree in social communications and journalism from Universidad Austral in Buenos Aires and Universidad de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain.

  • Shannon Levitt


    Shannon Levitt has been John Allen’s business manager and copy editor for the last fifteen years. Shannon was a high school English teacher in Los Angeles and Kansas City, and she taught and coached speech and debate at Notre Dame de Sion in Kansas City, MO before moving to Rome where she lived, taught ESL, and was a travel blogger in addition to her work with John for six years. Since moving back to the US, Shannon has worked in writing and editing positions while continuing to work as John’s manager and editor but will now be working full-time for Crux. Shannon earned a BA in English and Religious Studies from the University of Kansas and an MA in English from California State University at Northridge.

  • Charles Collins


    Charles Collins is an American journalist currently living in the United Kingdom, and is Crux’s Managing Editor. He worked at Vatican Radio from 2001 – 2017, both in the features and new division. He has also written for Our Sunday Visitor, The Irish Catholic, and Inside the Vatican.

  • Christopher White


    Christopher White is the national correspondent for Crux. He holds an M.A. in Ethics and Society from Fordham University and a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from The King’s College. He is the former Director of Catholic Voices USA and his writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Forbes, New York Daily News, International Business Times, The American Interest, First Things, and Human Life Review, among many other print and online publications. Follow him on Twitter: @CWWhite212

  • Father Jeffrey F. Kirby


    Father Jeff Kirby is the parish priest of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Indian Land, South Carolina ( He holds a doctorate in moral theology from the Holy Cross University in Rome and a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Father Kirby serves as an Adjunct Professor of Theology at Belmont Abbey College and Pontifex University. He has authored several books, including Lord, Teach Us to Pray and Kingdom of Happiness: Living the Beatitudes in Everyday Life. In 2016, Father Kirby was recognized by Governor Nikki Haley and granted the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian honor, for his service to local communities and young adults throughout the state. Working with St. Benedict Press and Catholic Scripture Study International, Father Kirby was the Host of the award-winning program Doors of Mercy and was one of the co-instructors of the programs, Luke: The Gospel of Mercy and Jesus Revealed. More information on Father Kirby can be found at, and he can be followed on Twitter @fatherkirby.

  • Elise Harris


    Elise Harris is a Denver native who currently works as a Senior Correspondent for Crux in Rome, covering the Vatican and the global Church. Before joining Crux, Elise worked with Catholic News Agency, first as a multi-media and content management assistant in Denver, and then as Senior Rome Correspondent covering the Vatican. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2010 and holds degrees in philosophy and communications.

  • Nirmala Carvalho


    Nirmala Carvalho writes from Mumbai, India. She holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master’s degree in sociology, both from the University of Mumbai (known earlier as the University of Bombay). She’s been an AsiaNews correspondent since 2004, and in 2006 won the Communications Award from the Catholic Bishops Conference of India for “exceptional sensitivity to the Church and minority related issues”.

    In 2009 she received the "Staines International Award for Religious Harmony," acknowledging the achievements of recipients and encouraging human rights defenders around the world that the international community is grateful and supports their tireless efforts to promote human rights for all.