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).
Thousands attended a midday vigil Aug. 18 in Barcelona's Plaza de Catalunya, attended by Spanish King Felipe VI and government and political party leaders from across the country.
Greece's small Catholic minority endures the same economic hardships as the rest of the country; but dioceses may need more backing from abroad to continue serving those in need.
Zambia's bishops' conference joined other faith leaders in deploring worsening tensions in the east African country, accusing its president of intimidating opponents and silencing the media.
Jean Zerbo of Bamako, Mali, will be among five new cardinals to be created by Pope Francis at a June 28 Vatican consistory.