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 plan to open plenary meetings to lay participation

France's Catholic bishops plan to open their plenary assembly for the first time to lay participation following the passage of a controversial bioethics law despite mass church-backed opposition.

English-speaking Catholics welcome Newman as saint in 'troubled times'

Cardinal John Henry Newman was canonized Oct. 13 in Rome, with many leaders of British church and state in attendance. Catholic prelates spoke to NCR about the timely importance of the new saint.

With Newman, the church gains its 'saint for modern times'

When the convert-cardinal, Blessed John Henry Newman, is canonized by Pope Francis on Oct. 13, it will be the culmination of a remarkable religious odyssey stretching back over two centuries.

Amid Brexit, Europe's church navigates competing perspectives over the future

A new European Commission takes over this fall, coinciding with the United Kingdom's planned departure Oct. 31 from the European Union. The Catholic Church will be doing what it can to ease tensions.

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