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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
Prelates call on US, Europe to be more generous to refugees 2017-03-10
The Christians fleeing their homes after ISIS attacks in Egypt 2017-03-09
Ukraine asks UN to assess the situation with freedom of religion and belief in occupied Crimea 2017-03-09
Russia in the Hague accused of terror and discrimination in Crimea and funding terrorism in Donbas 2017-03-09
No news on Indian priest, a year after abduction 2017-03-09
No preferential treatment for persecuted Christians in revised executive order 2017-03-09
Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III: 80% of Syriac Catholics now live outside homeland 2017-03-09
After visit to Avdiyivka, UGCC bishop tells about the daunting daily life of frontline residents 2017-03-06
Egyptian official: jihadists threaten Islam as well as Christianity 2017-03-06
Egypt’s al Sisi says Muslims, Christians should be seen as equal citizens 2017-03-04
Russian Catholics hope for a new springtime for small Byzantine Church 2017-03-03
Archbishop Sviatoslav to Int'l Community: 'Stop war in Ukraine' 2017-03-03
Melkite Holy Synod Issues Press Release 2017-03-02
Christians Erect Giant Cross Outside Mosul to Mark Victory Over ISIS Jihadists 2017-03-02
Patriarch Kirill criticizes search for ‘likes’ on social media 2017-03-02
‘The monk who saves manuscripts from ISIS’ 2017-03-02
Iraq: patriarch blesses giant cross in liberated town 2017-02-28
Melkite Synod reachs agreement, end ‘open rebellion’ 2017-02-27
Hundreds of Copts in flight from Sinai peninsula after murders, threats 2017-02-27
Another Copt murdered; Christians begin to flee Sinai peninsula 2017-02-24
Pro-life cooperation between Orthodox, Catholics in Russia 2017-02-24
Leading Russian Orthodox official laments persecution, says ‘Islamic terrorism’ does not exist 2017-02-23
Coptic Christians murdered, Islamic group vows more attacks in Egypt 2017-02-23
Patriarch calls for Lenten prayer for peace in Iraq 2017-02-23
Vatican calls for adherence to ceasefire in Ukraine 2017-02-22
Egypt: road planned through ancient monastery’s land 2017-02-22
Flames of Faith 2017-02-20
Syrian Orthodox Church weighs special synod to address Patriarch’s gesture of respect for Qu’ran 2017-02-20
Pope prays for victims of violence in Congo, Pakistan, Iraq 2017-02-20
Pope recalls Saints Cyril and Methodius 2017-02-16
Historic cathedral transferred back to Russian Orthodox Church 2017-02-16
Syrian Orthodox bishops assail Patriarch for reverencing Qu’ran 2017-02-15
Cardinal Kurt Koch proposes to set up a commission to reconcile the UGCC and ROC 2017-02-14
Russian Orthodox clerics sees joint effort with Catholic Church to help persecuted Christians 2017-02-14
Georgian Orthodox priest accused in plot to poison Patriarch 2017-02-14
Leading Russian Orthodox official speaks of Ukrainian Catholics’ ‘enmity and hatred’ 2017-02-14
USCCB: prelates express solidarity with Middle East’s Christians, other religious minorities 2017-02-14
Cardinal Nichols raps UK restriction on Syrian refugees 2017-02-13
Fresh signs of life at Markham's Cathedral of the Transfiguration 2017-02-11
The Head of UGCC, "the Moscow Patriarchate has never been a universal arbiter even in the Orthodox world" 2017-02-11
Aleppo described as ‘post-apocalyptic’ 2017-02-11
Head of UGCC thanked Apostolic nuncio to Ukraine: “All over this rough time His Holiness supports people who suffer” 2017-02-08
Hungarian government gives grant to Russian churches 2017-02-08
Fight corruption, Romanian Orthodox Church urges 2017-02-08
Iraqi prelate: foreign troops, sectarian militias could endanger Iraq’s future 2017-02-06
Head of the UGCC will attend the reburial of Bishop Ivan (Marhitych) in Zakarpattya 2017-02-03
Leading Russian Orthodox official hopes Trump’s policies will help persecuted Christians 2017-02-03
Ukraine’s bishops urge prayers for peace 2017-02-03
Iraqi archbishop welcomes Trump order to help religious minorities 2017-02-03
Ukrainian Catholic leader meets with families of slain protestors 2017-02-03

Teachings of Christ

“Whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:33 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

"My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights." (Proverbs 3:11,12 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Virtues and vices are the food of the soul and it can feed on either one, turning to whichever one it wants. If it is bent toward moral excellence, it will be fed by virtue - by righteousness, temperance, meekness, endurance. In other words, it is just as St. Paul says, 'being nourished by the word of truth' (1 Tim. 4:6).

St. Ignatius of Antioch