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Photo: Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople embraces newly enthroned Pope Francis after his inaugural Mass in Rome on March 19, 2013.

Title Created Date
Coptic Catholic leader sees bombings as test for Egyptian Catholics 2017-04-12
Noted Evangelical, ‘Bible Answer Man,’ becomes Orthodox 2017-04-12
Dozens killed in bombings at Coptic churches; Islamic State claims responsibility 2017-04-10
Byzantine monk and nun debut cooking show on balanced life of feasting and fasting 2017-04-10
Six thousand families of Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine to get potatoes and seeds from the Pope 2017-04-08
Turkish President Erdogan to pray at Hagia Sophia, raising questions about secular status 2017-04-07
Syrian bishop sees US strikes as hasty, dangerous 2017-04-07
Syria: Catholic agencies provided $200M in assistance to 4.6 million in 2016 2017-04-07
Metropolitan Stefan's meditation for Palm Sunday 2017-04-06
Paschal Letter 2017 of His Beatitude Gregorios III Patriarch of Antioch and All the East of Alexandria and of Jerusalem 2017-04-06
Mishawaka Eastern Rite church reaches out to fellow Catholics 2017-04-06
Bishop Danylo visits Ss. Peter and Paul church in Ambridge, PA 2017-04-06
The Council of Kharkiv-Poltava Eparchy of UAOC (renewed) officially confirmed to the Vatican its intend to integrate with the UGCC 2017-04-06
Iraqi priest to celebrate Palm Sunday Mass in town liberated from Islamic State 2017-04-06
Mob attacks Christian school in Sudan 2017-04-06
State Department honors Aleppo nun 2017-04-05
Eastern Catholic Canadian bishop reflects on married priests after meeting Pope 2017-04-04
His Beatitude Sviatoslav Concludes Visits to Argentina and Paraguay 2017-04-04
40th anniversary of His Beatitude Lubomyr’s (Husar) ordination marked at Patriarchal Cathedral 2017-04-04
Patriarch Kirill laments subway bombing 2017-04-04
Vatican welcomes three more Syrian refugee families to Rome 2017-04-03
Eastern Catholic Associates met in St. Louis, MO 2017-03-31
"I want to be a bridge among various parishes of our Church in the world," the Head of the UGCC in Argentina 2017-03-31
St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church in Austintown, OH (USA) Reaches Out to the Underprivileged in the Year of Diakonia 2017-03-31
The Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma (USA) held a Lenten Lock-In Retreat for its Youth in the Spirit of Diakonia 2017-03-31
Pope receives Canadian Bishops in ad limina audience. Among them Greek Catholics 2017-03-31
Egypt: police defuse bomb in church 2017-03-31
Cardinal bewails continued atrocities in Syria 2017-03-31
Theme announced for papal trip to Egypt 2017-03-31
Moscow Patriarchate seeks ban on surrogate motherhood 2017-03-30
Egyptian police arrest Copts who protested kidnapping 2017-03-29
Islamic State damaged 12,000 Christian homes in Iraq’s Nineveh region 2017-03-29
Patriarch Kirill praises rural Russian conservatism 2017-03-29
Christ’s restored tomb inaugurated in Jerusalem 2017-03-24
Syria: jihadists advance on Christian city 2017-03-24
Eritrean Catholic bishop visits diaspora, says too many migrants perish 2017-03-22
Archbishop: return to Aleppo 2017-03-21
Chaldean Catholic patriarchate says it cannot supply priests for ‘diaspora’ communities 2017-03-21
Pope Francis to visit Egypt in April 2017-03-21
Byzantine Catholic chapel to join Summerhaven, Arizona community 2017-03-19
Icon Blessing in Virginia 2017-03-18
Letter of H.B. Patriarch Gregorios III for Great and Holy Lent 2017 2017-03-17
Knights of Columbus calls on US government to assist persecuted Christians 2017-03-17
The Church That Stalin Couldn’t Kill: Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Thrives Seventy Years after Forced Reunification 2017-03-16
Pope Francis meets Lebanese president, promises a visit 2017-03-16
Catholic parish in Ankara, Turkey, will host Orthodox liturgies 2017-03-14
Mosul: Chaldean Catholic parish became office for ISIS authorities 2017-03-14
Catholics, Lutherans to mark Reformation March 14 at Pittsbugh Ruthenian Cathedral 2017-03-13
St. Patrick added to Russian Orthodox calendar 2017-03-13
Patriarch Louis Raphael I calls for redrafting of Iraqi constitution 2017-03-10

Teachings of Christ

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43-44 ESV)


You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God, * showing Your glory to Your Disciples as far as they were able to bear it. * Through the prayers of the Mother of God, * let Your everlasting Light shine also upon us sinners. * O Giver of Light, glory to You! (Troparion, Tone 7)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Upon the mountain You were transfigured, O Christ God, * and Your Disciples beheld Your glory as far as they could receive it, * so that when they would see You crucified, * they would understand that You suffered willingly; * and they would preach to the world * that You are truly the radiance of the Father. (Kontakion, Tone 7)


O Mother of God, in giving birth you preserved virginity; * and in falling asleep you did not forsake the world. * You are the Mother of Life and have been transferred to life, * and through your prayers you deliver our souls from death. (Troparion - Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Neither the tomb nor death could detain the Mother of God, * who is unsleeping in her prayers and our unfailing hope in her intercession; * for He Who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb, * transferred to Life the Mother of Life. (Kontakion - Tone 2)

Random Proverb

"Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold." (Proverbs 3:13,14 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

If you want, or rather intend, to take a splinter out of another person, then do not hack at it with a stick instead of a lancet, for you will only drive it in deeper. And this is a stick – rude speech and rough gestures. And this is a lancet – tempered instruction and patient reprimand. “Reprove,” says the Apostle, “rebuke, exhort,” but he did not say “beat” (2 Timothy 4:2). And if even this is required, do it rarely, and not with your own hand.

St. John Climacus, “The Ladder of Divine Ascent", Step 8, On Freedom From Anger and On Meekness