Crux Staff

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    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 nine 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.

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    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 bacherlor's degree in social communications and journalism from Universidad Austral in Buenos Aires and Universidad de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain.

  • Claire Giangravè


    Claire Giangravè is a reporter and editorial assistant at Crux, covering all things Catholic and with a special interest in the Vatican’s foreign and diplomatic relations. Before joining Crux, Claire was a producer and journalist at Class CNBC in Milan where she covered global markets and the economy, creating media packages and interviewing market movers and influencers. Claire comes to the Vatican beat with her past experience as an assistant producer at MSNBC and the Today Show during the papal conclave in 2013, which elected Pope Francis. She also collaborated on a PBS Frontline documentary on the Vatican and sex abuse scandals. After completing her undergraduate studies in political science and international relations at the Roma Tre University in Rome, Claire earned her masters degree at the Boston University School of Journalism.

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    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

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    Terri M. Lynn


    Terri started her career in digital advertising in 2000 with and She has worked in Catholic digital media advertising since 2005. First for NCR, and then for Crux under the Boston Globe. She enjoys developing new advertising products and giving advertisers a voice through Catholic media. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Management from MidAmerica Nazarene University in 1991 and a Master’s degree in Pastoral Theology from Ave Maria University in 2009. She works remotely for Crux Catholic Media, Inc. in the Kansas City, Missouri area.

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    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. She is married to John Allen.

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    Ngala Killian Chimtom


    Ngala Killian Chimtom is a Cameroonian journalist with eleven years of working experience. He currently work as a reporter and news anchor person for the Cameroon Radio Television, (both radio and television). Chimtom is also a stringer for a number of news organizations, including IPS, Ooskanews, Free Speech Radio News, Christian Science Monitor, CAJNews Africa; CAJNews, and Dpa. He has been awarded the African Climate Change and Environmental (ACCER°) Journalism Award (2016); the CAADP Media Award (2014);the Investigative Journalism Award organized by the British Council (2013) and the WASH Media Award (2012.)He received his bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication: Advanced School of Mass Communication, University of Yaounde 2 in June 2002.

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    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.

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    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.