Luke Coppen

Luke Coppen

Luke Coppen is Europe editor of the Catholic News Agency. From 2004 to 2020, he edited the U.K'.s Catholic Herald. He is based in England.

Articles by Luke Coppen

Catholic priest guillotined by Nazis is beatified in Poland

Nov 20, 2021 / 04:05 am

Fr. Jan Macha was executed in 1942, after serving just 1,257 days as a priest.

As Catholic dioceses across the world embark on the synodal path, experts offer advice

Oct 15, 2021 / 03:00 am

Supporters bill it as one of the most important Catholic events since Vatican II.

Prominent Anglican bishop received into Catholic Church

Oct 14, 2021 / 03:55 am

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali has joined the personal ordinariate.

How does U.S. abortion law compare to those in European countries?

Oct 11, 2021 / 11:24 am

The United States is one of only seven countries that allow elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and its abortion policy is generally more permissive than most European nations, a fact that Mississippi cites in its legal challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade abortion ruling that legalized abortion on-demand nationwide.

‘I fully understand Heidi’s cry’: Cardinal praises UK Down syndrome abortion law challenge at Red Mass

Oct 1, 2021 / 13:00 pm

The High Court rejected the landmark challenge on Sept. 23.

Cardinal Wyszynski and Mother Czacka beatified in Poland

Sep 12, 2021 / 07:00 am

Cardinal Marcello Semeraro said the new blesseds offered a ‘model of service.’

Church of England bishop to be received into the Catholic Church

Sep 3, 2021 / 11:00 am

The Rt. Rev. Jonathan Goodall said he took the decision ‘after a long period of prayer.’

Catholic bishop in Turkey: Jesus is drawing people to the Church in ‘unthinkable ways’

Jul 17, 2021 / 03:00 am

Bishop Paolo Bizzeti’s precessor as Apostolic Vicar of Anatolia was murdered.

Who is the nun who will be beatified with Cardinal Wyszynski, Poland’s ‘Primate of the Millennium’?

Jul 15, 2021 / 03:40 am

Mother Elżbieta Róża Czacka is little known outside of Poland.

The pandemic has hit Catholic parishes hard. It’s also taken a toll on priests

Jun 21, 2021 / 03:25 am

Pastors across England discuss the pandemic’s long-term impact on their parishes.

‘It’s heady stuff’: A composer turns St. John Henry Newman’s much-loved words into music

Jun 9, 2021 / 04:00 am

Sir James MacMillan’s new work “Nothing in Vain” is inspired by a meditation by the English saint.

Inside the search for Polish Catholic sisters killed by the Red Army and on the path to beatification

Jun 4, 2021 / 03:10 am

The sisters were brutally mistreated by Soviet soldiers in 1945. Have their bodies finally been recovered?

Lithuanian Catholic archbishop: We must ‘carry the banner of Divine Mercy out to the world’

Apr 7, 2021 / 07:00 am

Archbishop Gintaras Grušas of Vilnius believes that his country has a “big message” for the world.

Romanian Catholic archbishop: The Church needs to form ‘post-COVID-19’ generation

Feb 24, 2021 / 12:00 pm

The Romanian Catholic Archbishop Aurel Percă is already thinking about how the Church can help to form the “post-COVID-19” generation. 

Catholic archbishop: ‘Our commitment to Christ remains undimmed’ despite the pandemic

Feb 13, 2021 / 08:00 am

If you’ve experienced ups and downs during the pandemic, you are not alone. So has Archbishop John Wilson, leader of the sprawling English archdiocese of Southwark. 

Archbishop: ‘The Catholic Church in Albania enjoys great credibility and respect’

Feb 9, 2021 / 13:00 pm

Pope Francis only spent 11 hours in Albania when he visited the country in 2014. But for some, his trip was life-changing.

Catholic bishop: World Youth Day 2023 an ‘opportunity to renew hope’ after pandemic

Feb 9, 2021 / 07:00 am

The Catholic bishop overseeing preparations for World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal, has said that the event will be an opportunity to renew hope in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cardinal: Eucharistic Congress in Budapest will be ‘a great sign of hope’ amid pandemic

Feb 1, 2021 / 12:00 pm

Cardinal Péter Erdő will host the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress in September.

‘This is our mission’: Catholic archbishop brings aid to suffering Armenians

Jan 7, 2021 / 04:00 am

Archbishop Raphael Minassian is a man of action who has little time for the formalities of ecclesiastical life. 

Catholic archbishop: ‘The Church in France is jostled from many sides’

Dec 19, 2020 / 06:00 am

The Church in France is under pressure, according to the president of the French Catholic bishops’ conference.