The Globe's hired John Allen, who now covers the Vatican for the National Catholic Reporter:
[Globe editor Brian] McGrory said Allen, 48, will play â€œseveral roles of prominence. He will be a correspondent first and foremost. He will be an analyst on all things Catholic. He will also help us explore the very real possibility of launching a free-standing publication devoted to Catholicism, drawing in other correspondents and leading voices from near and far."
Dan Kennedy explains why giving Allen his own publication could be a good idea for the Globe.