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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
Joint Orthodox-Catholic commission begins study on Cardinal Stepanic 2016-07-13
Ukraine made its choice in favor of European family of nations as early as in Prince Volodymyr’s times - Patriarch Sviatoslav 2016-07-13
Cardinal suggests new meeting between Pope, Russian patriarch 2016-07-13
Church halts all non-sacramental activities in besieged Syrian city 2016-07-13
Prelate: non-Catholic Armenians see Pope as ‘true universal pastor’ 2016-07-11
Interview with Syrian Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III 2016-07-08
‘SAVE MY PEOPLE’ - An interview with a Chaldean Catholic priest from Iraq 2016-07-07
Maronite Patriarch: don’t encourage Christians to leave the Middle East 2016-07-07
Coptic nun killed by stray bullet in shoot-out in Egypt 2016-07-06
First Muslim call to prayer inside Hagia Sophia since 1931 2016-07-05
Patriarch Gregorios III: Greetings for Eid ul-Fitr 2016-07-03
Pan-Orthodox council pulled back from blessing marriages of Orthodox, non-Orthodox Christians 2016-07-01
Catholics, Orthodox gather in Antioch to recall St. Peter 2016-07-01
Coptic priest killed in Egypt; Islamic State suspected 2016-06-30
Long-term goal must be repatriation for refugees, Maronite Patriarch says 2016-06-29
Pope Francis calls on Catholics, Orthodox to abandon ‘rivalry, mistrust, and rancor’ 2016-06-28
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, in letter to Pope, reflects on solidarity, Europe’s Christian roots 2016-06-28
The Holy and Great Council concludes its work 2016-06-27
Pope visits Armenian Genocide memorial 2016-06-27
Arriving in Armenia, Pope invokes the term: genocide 2016-06-25
Syrian archbishop agrees: suffering of Christians is not 'genocide' 2016-06-25
Pan-Orthodox council discusses regional bishops’ assemblies 2016-06-25
Pan-Orthodox council discusses document on mission 2016-06-23
Pope Francis: Armenian Genocide among the worst sufferings in history 2016-06-23
Melkite synod postponed; Patriarch decries bishops' 'open rebellion' 2016-06-22
Cardinal Parolin backs Ukraine’s territorial integrity, says migrant crisis is ‘really scary’ 2016-06-22
Maronite bishops reject calls to partition Syria 2016-06-22
Jewish extremists harass Orthodox worshippers in Jerusalem 2016-06-22
Attack on Christians in Egypt 2016-06-22
Chaldean patriarch calls on priests to stay close to Iraq’s suffering Christians 2016-06-22
Pan-Orthodox council opens with call to unity 2016-06-21
Syrian Orthodox Patriarch survives suicide-bombing attack 2016-06-20
Pope prays for pan-Orthodox council, recalls plight of refugees 2016-06-20
Parliament adopted a draft appeal to Ecumenical Patriarch on granting autocephaly to Ukrainian Church 2016-06-17
Syria's Assad meets bishops, promises new secular constitution 2016-06-17
Russian Patriarch Kirill sends greetings to council in Crete, calls for unity 2016-06-17
Iraqi prelate rebukes 'Christian' paramilitary groups for attacks on civilians 2016-06-16
Pope calls India’s Latin-rite, Eastern Catholics to greater ‘communion in witness’ 2016-06-16
Syriac patriarchs: international community must act to liberate Mosul 2016-06-16
Armenia’s Catholics look forward to papal visit 2016-06-16
Ecumenical Patriarch arrives in Crete, pleads for participation in Council 2016-06-15
Patriarchate asks Iraq’s Catholics to join Muslims in fasting 2016-06-15
Russian Orthodox Church pulls out of Crete council 2016-06-13
Commentary: Truth, Then Love 2016-06-11
Albanian, Cypriot Orthodox leaders defend pan-Orthodox council 2016-06-11
Top Vatican ecumenical officials to attend Orthodox Council 2016-06-11
The international conference on ‘Lviv Sobor’ held in Vienna 2016-06-08
Ecumenical Patriarchate affirms: pan-Orthodox council will proceed 2016-06-08
Moscow Patriarchate calls emergency session, weighs withdrawal from Pan-Orthodox Council 2016-06-08
US Catholic, Orthodox bishops discuss Mideast persecution, pan-Orthodox council 2016-06-07

Teachings of Christ

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6 ESV)

Lamb and Redeemer

When You were baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed, * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You His “beloved Son”, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of these words. * O Christ God, * Who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You! (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.

You have appeared to the whole world today, * and Your light, O Lord, is signed upon us, * who with knowledge praise You in song: * "You have come, and You have appeared, O Unapproachable Light." (Kontakion, Tone 4)

Random Proverb

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Seek God daily. But seek Him in your heart, not outside it. And when you find Him, stand with fear and trembling, like the Cherubim and Seraphim, for your heart has become a throne of God. But in order to find God, become humble as dust before the Lord, for the Lord abhors the proud; whereas He visits those that are humble in heart, wherefore He says: “To whom will I look, but to the one who is meek and humble in heart?”

St. Nectarius of Aegina