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Jonathan Luxmoore

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November 05, 2020
A Catholic bishop in Belarus accused President Alexander Lukashenko of “insult and slander” after the government official charged the church’s exiled leader with planning to “destroy the country” and called for a bar on foreign clergy. Auxiliary Bishop Yury Kasabutski of Minsk said in social media post Nov. 3 that he believed Lukashenko’s words about
October 02, 2020
Lay Catholics also criticized the government's proposal and called on Christians worldwide to defend a 450-foot memorial cross, the world's tallest, from demolition
October 01, 2020
Catholic Church officials in Russia have criticised planned religious law changes that will require all clergy who studied abroad to retrain in a Russian college
September 17, 2020
Catholic representatives in Belarus said they were not invited to talks between Vatican and government officials and criticised a "lack of information" about the fate of their exiled bishops' conference president
August 17, 2020
Bishops in Belarus have demanded an end to repression
August 12, 2020
Catholic leaders urged dialogue and restraint in Belarus, amid violent street clashes following the contested presidential election
June 10, 2020
Convents across Poland have posted videos on YouTube, alongside priests and seminarians and even some bishops
April 15, 2020
Although Catholics in most East European countries have backed measures to control the COVID-19 pandemic, for some it has also revived painful memories of communist rule
March 12, 2020
The new president of Spain’s bishops’ conference has pledged to promote reconciliation and coexistence in his traditionally Catholic country, while also seeking dialogue with its Socialist-led government. “We cannot serve society, our communities or the Church unless we love them – without seeking privileges, we also need to be treated with dignity and respect,” said
February 28, 2020
Archbishop Lenga rejected the Church instruction and vowed to go on denouncing "heresy and sectarianism"
February 27, 2020
Spain’s Catholic bishops are resisting moves to legalise euthanasia in their traditionally Catholic country, as part of a radical reform package by the newly installed Socialist-led government. The government holds only a narrow parliamentary majority – which Bishop Luis Arguello, secretary general of the Spanish Bishops’ Conference, says could be significant: “This new government’s weakness
January 16, 2020
Spain’s Catholic bishops have expressed fears of a conflict with the new Socialist-led government over radical plans to strip the Church of thousands of “improperly registered” lands and properties, while restricting religious education and legalising euthanasia. “The Church isn’t seeking privileges but nor does it want to be discriminated against,” said Bishop Luis Argüello, secretary
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