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I am a journalist who has been widely recognized for my in-depth reporting and penetrating analysis on the leadership of the global Catholic Church.

The Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter newspaper since early 2014, my dispatches from Rome and during papal trips abroad are frequently cited by my peers, and broadly seen as a touchstone for nuanced Vatican and papal coverage. I often appear as an expert on television and radio programs such as National Public Radio's Morning Edition, BBC's World Service, and PRI's The World.

Among my most noted work has been my years-long, tenacious coverage of Pope Francis' clergy abuse commission, which through a series of exclusive interviews with ex-members of the group revealed serious shortcomings to its work.

I was also the first journalist to break the news of Pope Francis' promise during a meeting with an international group of sisters and nuns in 2016 to create a commission to study the history of the ordination of women as deacons in the Catholic Church.

My reporting on the scene from the closed-door encounter, which sparked a global media frenzy, is sometimes credited with ensuring that Francis went forward with the creation of the Vatican's eventual Study Commission on the Women's Diaconate.

Beyond being Vatican correspondent, I also serve as National Catholic Reporter's international news editor. I previously served as the organization's national correspondent, based in Washington, DC. 

I am the co-editor, alongside Cindy Wooden, of A Pope Francis Lexicon, a collection of 54 essays exploring the unique words Pope Francis has used in his ministry.

I have reported for National Catholic Reporter from 39 countries, and have traveled in the press pool abroad with Pope Francis 24 times.