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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
Christian life is woven with faith and service, Pope tells Catholics of Azerbaijan 2016-10-03
In Georgia, Pope speaks of ‘world war’ against marriage, decries gender theory; ‘never proselytize the Orthodox!’ 2016-10-03
His Beatitude Sviatoslav offers remarks upon the ocassion of the move of the Sheptytsky Institute from Ottawa to Toronto 2016-09-30
Pope arrives in Georgia, puts stress on peaceful coexistence 2016-09-30
Chaldean synod prays for peace, urges priests to return 2016-09-30
Consecration of Saint Elias Church in Brampton to be Broadcast Live on YouTube 2016-09-29
Maronite patriarchate backs Christian presidential candidate in Lebanon 2016-09-29
Orthodox and Catholics agree on document on Primacy and Synodality 2016-09-26
Attack on Catholic church in Aleppo 2016-09-23
Chaldean synod begins and ends 2016-09-23
Russian Orthodox official renews criticism of Ukrainian Catholics 2016-09-20
Russian Orthodox official: Eastern Catholics are obstacles to ecumenical unity 2016-09-19
Pope receives leading Russian Orthodox official 2016-09-16
Catholic-Orthodox dialogue focuses on synodality, primacy 2016-09-16
Patriarch Louis Raphael I: remove mines from Nineveh Plain 2016-09-16
New motu proprio on harmonizing codes of canon law: full English translation 2016-09-16
Mideast Christian leaders to explain plight to international community 2016-09-13
Patriarch Gregorios III sends greetings to Muslims for Eid ul-Adha 2016-09-09
Ukrainians present to Patriarch Bartholomew Petition for Autocephay for Orthodox Church in Ukraine 2016-09-09
Papal message to conference on Orthodoxy, martyrdom 2016-09-09
Speech of Patriarch Gregorios III to the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church 2016-09-08
Solidarity between Christians in the Middle East and Ukraine in a time of conflict and crisis 2016-09-08
Ecumenical Patriarch denies involvement in Turkish coup attempt 2016-09-08
Egypt, Coptic Orthodox Church agree to new law on church construction 2016-08-30
Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I calls upon Muslims to repudiate ISIS 2016-08-30
Pope appeals for peace in Ukraine 2016-08-25
Syria's Christian leaders urge end to international sanctions 2016-08-24
Bishop Richard Stephen (Seminack) of Chicago Falls Asleep in the Lord 2016-08-18
New Biographic Sketch Published on Patriarch Maximos III Mazlum 2016-08-15
Travels of Patriarch Gregorios III (Summer 2016) 2016-08-15
Russian Patriarch Kirill: no contradiction between religion, science 2016-08-11
Constantinople denies plan to create new Orthodox jurisdiction in Ukraine 2016-08-10
Coptic Orthodox leader distances himself from demonstrations in US 2016-08-10
Chaldean prelate looks forward to rebuilding Iraq after defeat of Islamic State 2016-08-05
Syriac Patriarch Ignatius III raps Western indifference to persecution of Christians in Middle East 2016-08-04
Moscow rips Ukrainian Catholic Church; Constantinople differs 2016-08-04
Syrian bishop: 'moderate' Syrian rebel force does not exist 2016-08-01
Patriarch Gregorios III: Call to Prayer and Fasting for the Dormition 2016-07-29
Syriac Catholic patriarch decries actions of Western leaders, European prelates 2016-07-28
Coptic Pope suspends audience as religious strife escalates in Egypt 2016-07-25
Syria: patriarch blasts Western efforts to remove Assad 2016-07-22
Bishop: Turkey’s Catholics are safe because they stay out of politics 2016-07-22
Orthodox Patriarch left Turkey just before coup, sparking rumors 2016-07-20
Rebel rockets rain down on Christian quarter in Aleppo 2016-07-20
Patriarch Bartholomew foresees significant ecumenical progress in coming years 2016-07-20
Russian Orthodox Church: recent council in Crete was ‘important’ but ‘not pan-Orthodox’ 2016-07-19
Iraqi bishop laments conditions in refugee camps 2016-07-18
“Russia should realize: war will be equally terrible for everyone,” Liubomyr (Husar) 2016-07-13
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

Teachings of Christ

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are one.” (John 10:27-30 ESV)

A LIght to Enlighten

Rejoice, O Mother of God, Virgin full of grace. * From you has risen the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, * shining upon those who are in darkness. * Rejoice also, you righteous Elder; * for you received in your arms the Deliverer of our souls, * Who has given us resurrection. (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.

O Christ God, through Your birth You sanctified the Virgin's womb; * and blessed, as it was proper, the hands of Simeon. * Now, having come, you saved us. * Give peace to Your commonwealth in times of war * and strengthen our civil authorities, whom You have loved, O You who alone loves mankind. (Kontakion, Tone 1)

Random Proverb

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. (Proverbs 3:9,10 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Adam, God's first-formed man, transgressed: could He [God] not at once have brought death upon him? But see what the Lord does, in His great love towards man. He casts him out from Paradise, for because of sin he was unworthy to live there; but He puts him to dwell over against Paradise: that seeing whence he had fallen, and from what and into what a state he was brought down, he might afterwards be saved by repentance.

St. Cyril of Jerusalem (Catechetical Lectures: Lecture 2 no. 7)