SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Jonathan Luxmoore

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November 02, 2017
When the centenary of the Russian Revolution is marked on November 7, Eastern Europe’s Catholic communities will recall the terrible hardships it unleashed on them. But with Christians still suffering worldwide, it will also be an opportunity to reflect on which survival strategies work best against persecution. Communist rule was imposed gradually, making clear responses
October 06, 2017
Militants told Christians they would be killed if they were seen in church
May 05, 2017
Secretary-general of European bishops' council says the EU has failed to act on its pledge to protect persecuted minorities
May 01, 2017
Russia's Supreme Court declared Jehovah's Witnesses an 'extremist' group and ordered the nationwide seizure of its property
April 27, 2017
Cardinal Barbarin said it feels like democracy has 'gone mad' in France and that voters seem 'totally lost'
March 06, 2017
A Catholic spokesman says ISIS is now 'strongly entrenched' in the North Sinai region
February 23, 2017
As disputes continue over the mistreatment of refugees attempting the “Balkan route” into Europe, no government has been criticised as harshly as Hungary’s for its razor-wire fences and holding camps. The country’s 53-year-old prime minister, Viktor Orbán, has defended his tough policies with talk of protecting Europe’s Christian heritage. But what should Western Catholics make
January 06, 2017
Bishop Tierrablanca said police had stepped up security at churches since last year's coup attempt
January 05, 2017
Warsaw When a Polish bishop recently denied being in dispute with Pope Francis, it was only the latest sign of controversy over the Pontiff’s reformist line. In November, Bishop Józef Wróbel, an auxiliary in Lublin, said there had been concerns about claims in an Italian newspaper that he was in league with four cardinals who
October 31, 2016
Bishop Jean-Paul Jaeger of Arras said 'unhealthy' conditions meant the transfer of people from the camp was necessary
October 20, 2016
The revelation that Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff sought to pressure the Catholic Church to liberalise its teachings has provoked understandable outrage. For those with a sense of history, however, it may also have elicited a tired shrug. Talk of swaying the Church for political ends has been around for a very long time. Secular rulers
October 06, 2016
In Poland, where I often work as a correspondent, it is routine to see priests and nuns in their cassocks and habits in the shops, queuing at bus stops or hurrying between tasks. That everyday presence of real people remains crucially important in signalling Christianity’s openness and availability. Yet here, even those in the public