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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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.

Ukraine Catholics fear threat of Russian invasion, conflicts with Orthodox

"People are trying to leave, fearing whole areas could fall under Moscow's control — this conflict has already lasted years, and they simply can't cope with such conditions," Ukrainian Bishop Jan Sobilo told NCR.

Ukrainian bishop says Russian troops instilling fear in border regions

"Nothing has changed — the great bulk of Russian forces are still here, as fighting flares intermittently and people still die," said Bishop Stanislav Szyrokoradiuk of Odessa-Simferopol.

European Catholics fear erosion of religious freedoms across continent

Across the 27-country European Union, in places like France, Slovakia and Scotland, have been complaints that coronavirus restrictions are being used to push through measures that could compromise religious rights.