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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.

I currently serve as the news editor for the National Catholic Reporter, the world's premier independent Catholic newspaper.

I previously served as the Reporter's Vatican correspondent from 2014-21, where my dispatches from Rome and during papal trips abroad were frequently cited by my peers, and broadly seen as a touchstone for nuanced Vatican and papal coverage. 

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.

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.

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