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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Russian Catholic urges nation's bishops to condemn mass arrests

A prominent Russian professor urged his nation's bishops to condemn police violence against protestors supporting opposition leader Alexei Navalny, but the Moscow archdiocesan chancellor refused.

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The sudden departure of Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz from conflict-torn Belarus, just 10 days after his return from regime-imposed exile, has provoked surprise and anger among the region's Catholics.

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When two priests were arrested in Belarus on Dec. 8 amid protests against President Alexander Lukashenko, there were fears of a full-scale campaign against the minority Catholic Church.

EU Catholic leaders urge tougher policies to protect Arctic

Two European Catholic commissions warned that Arctic warming is intensifying competition over the region's resources and urged tougher policies to protect its biodiversity and Indigenous communities.