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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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.

Polish church reels from new claims against John Paul II

The Vatican report on disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has special resonance in Poland because of the involvement of Pope John Paul II and other Polish prelates in his career and abuse cover-ups.

Belarus president accused of 'insults and slander' against exiled archbishop

A Catholic bishop in Belarus accused President Alexander Lukashenko of "insult and slander" after Lukashenko charged the church's exiled archbishop with planning to "destroy the country" and called for a bar on foreign clergy.

Swiss churches back bill on corporate responsibility

The Catholic Church in Switzerland has backed legislation that would penalize companies that damage the environment or abuse human rights.