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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French bishops' council OKs removing gender IDs on baptism certificates

The French bishops' permanent council has approved a recommendation to remove gender references for parents on baptismal certificates.

30 years later, Eastern Europeans reflect on post-communist transformation

Eastern Europe is marking the anniversary of the end of communist rule. Amid prosperity, some wonder how stable the foundations are in a continent still recovering from its infamous East-West divide. 

German Catholics complete final preparations for 'synodal way'

German Catholics insisted their national "synodal way" reform consultation will have an impact on the church worldwide, as final preparations were completed for the consultation's first plenary in January.

German Catholics praise Fr. Johann Metz, theologian, dead at 91

German-speaking Catholics paid tribute to Fr. Johann Baptist Metz, the veteran theologian who died Dec. 2 in Munster, Germany, at age 91.

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