Jonathan Luxmoore is a freelance writer covering church news from Oxford, England, and Warsaw, Poland, and serving as a staff commentator for Polish Radio. He studied modern history at the University of Oxford and international relations at the London School of Economics and was a co-founder of the Polish chapter of Transparency International, the world's largest anti-corruption nongovernmental organization. His coverage of religious affairs during the transition to democracy in Eastern Europe won five Catholic Press Association awards, and his books include The Vatican and the Red Flag (London/New York, 1999), Rethinking Christendom: Europe's Struggle for Christianity (Leominster, 2005) and a two-volume study of communist-era martyrdom, The God of the Gulag (Gracewing, 2016).

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Polish bishops, at Vatican, call punishment for abuse cover-up lopsided

The president of the Polish bishops' conference said that in meetings with a Vatican official, several church leaders criticized "disproportionate punishments" inflicted on bishops accused of cover-ups in comparison with convicted abusers.

Polish Archbishop Hoser, doctor, archbishop and envoy, dies of COVID-19

Many Polish Catholics are mourning the death of Archbishop Henryk Hoser, a former Vatican envoy who helped rebuild the church in post-genocide Rwanda and later represented the pope at the Marian shrine in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Greek archbishop: Changes might be needed to prepare for future disasters

In Greece, nearly 600 fires have gutted hundreds of homes and scorched at least 200,000 acres of land.

Poland's embattled bishops to meet with Pope Francis

With an ad limina visit set for October, Polish reports say the country's bishops have been specially summoned to the Vatican because of a spate of sexual abuse cases that have rocked the Polish church.