Paul Vallely is a writer, journalist and broadcaster.


He has written a number of books the latest of which are Pope Francis - The Struggle for the Soul of Catholicism and Pope Francis - Untying the Knots. Others include Bad Samaritans: First World Ethics and Third World Debt and Promised Lands, a study of land reform in the Philippines, Brazil and Eritrea. He was co-author of the report of Tony Blair’s Commission for Africa, Our Common Interest. He is the author or editor of The Big Society and Catholic Social Teaching, The New Politics: Catholic Social Teaching for the 21st century and A Place of Redemption, a Christian approach to punishment and prison. He co-wrote Bob Geldof’s autobiography Is that It? along with the sleeve notes for the Live Aid DVD and the programmes notes for Live 8.


His journalism appears in The Guardian, the New York Times, Sunday Times, The Independent on Sunday, The Independent, Daily Telegraph and The Times as well as in the Church Times, Tablet, Catholic Herald and Third Way. He has been commended several times in the British Press Awards, short-listed for the Orwell Prize and nominated for the UN Media Award.


Paul Vallely is a newspaper reviewer and expert commentator on BBC1 Breakfast and has appeared on The Today programme, Radio 5 Live and numerous international tv and radio stations. He has been a programme maker or panellist on BBC1’s Heaven & Earth and on BBC radio on All Things Considered, Any Questions, The Moral Maze, Vice or Virtue, Faith in Africa and Heart & Soul on the BBC World Service.

James Hanning, deputy editor of the Independent on Sunday, says:

“What singles out Paul Vallely from the run of British journalists is his singular ability to combine ethics, philosophy and history into a lens through which to see a wide range of contemporary issues.

"Always well-researched and well-argued, he ranges readably across an extremely broad spectrum of domestic and international issues. His is a distinctive voice which draws on a wealth of experience from a distinguished career reporting from more than 30 countries.

"His insightful connections and informed opinions reflect the complexity of our modern world in an accessible way to the general reader.”

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