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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
Ecumenical Patriarch points to areas of agreement with Pope 2016-12-02
Muslim Attack on Christians in Egyptian village 2016-12-02
Russian Orthodox Patriarch to dedicate new cathedral in Paris 2016-12-02
Canadian Parliament invites clergy of various denominations to honor Holodomor victims 2016-11-30
Greek and Roman Catholic bishops of Ukraine expressed solidarity and prayerful closeness on the Holodomor Remembrance Day 2016-11-30
Pope Francis sends greetings to Patriarch Bartholomew on patronal feast day 2016-11-30
Russian Orthodox Patriarch praises Castro’s legacy 2016-11-28
Vatican cardinal meets with Russian patriarch 2016-11-23
New Testament Codex 1424 Returned to the Care of the Ecumenical Patriarchate 2016-11-22
The Head of the UGCC to Ukrainian priests in Austria: "Our people are our biggest treasure, and our clergy is our strength" 2016-11-22
Patriarch Kirill: ROC will never agree to independence of Ukrainian Church 2016-11-22
Chaldean Bishop Frank (Kalabat) calls for prayer, advocacy for Iraqi Christians 2016-11-22
Syrian patriarch Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III: persecuted Christians hope Trump will help secure Mideast peace 2016-11-18
Homs Melkite archbishop hopes Trump, acting with Russia, can curb bloodshed in Syria 2016-11-18
Russian Orthodox official sees Trump victory as sign of hope 2016-11-18
Chaldean Archbishop Basar: Christians who fled ISIS likely to return to villages next summer 2016-11-18
Pope meets with leader of Assyrian Church of the East 2016-11-18
Icon of Mary, the Helper of Mothers visits Scranton throughout November 2016-11-16
Annual Holodomor Commemoration At St. Patrick Cathedral in New York 2016-11-16
Iraqi Christians discuss life under ISIS 2016-11-16
Bishop Milan (Shashik) participates in glorification of 38 blessed martyrs that suffered from communist rule 2016-11-11
Patiarch Kirill of Moscow congratulates President-Elect Trump 2016-11-10
Aleppo’s Christians feel abandoned, says Holy Land Custos 2016-11-10
Vatican foreign minister concludes trip to Cyprus 2016-11-09
Syrian Orthodox prelate wounded by gunfire in Aleppo 2016-11-09
Iraq: Syriac Catholics from liberated town fear what lies ahead 2016-11-08
Profile of Iraqi Christian town 2016-11-05
Maronite bishops welcome election of Lebanese president, breaking long impasse 2016-11-03
Prelates call for respect for rights of Christians in Iraq 2016-11-03
Romanian Orthodox look for unity after Crete meeting 2016-11-02
Ecumenical Patriarch marks 25th anniversary 2016-11-02
In city liberated from Islamic State, Iraqi bishop celebrates first Divine Liturgy in over two years 2016-10-31
In Crimea, Ukrainian Catholics and Orthodox excluded from religious council 2016-10-31
Final Press Release of the Assembly of Catholic Hierarchy in Syria 2016-10-30
‘There will always be Christians in Iraq,’ Patriarch Louis Raphael I (Sako) vows 2016-10-27
Byzantine liturgies to be restored at University of Scranton at Ciszek Hall 2016-10-27
21st Regular Sobor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA develops Church strategy 2016-10-27
Church of Transfiguration on Mount Tabor desecrated 2016-10-27
Iraqi Chaldean Archbishop: US bears ‘moral responsibility’ toward Iraq 2016-10-27
Irish faithful invited to pray for Syrian peace 2016-10-27
Mahanoy City church to celebrate 125 years 2016-10-25
Together we proclaim the joy of the Gospel, Bishops of the Oriental Catholic Churches in Europe 2016-10-25
The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church opened 225 communities in Western European countries 2016-10-25
Diversity is not a danger, but a treasure for the whole Church, European Eastern Catholic bishops 2016-10-25
Syrian Catholics fear Islamic takeover, plead for West to stop arming rebels 2016-10-24
Papal laments cruel violence in Iraq 2016-10-24
European bishops discuss pastoral care of Eastern Catholic migrants 2016-10-21
Chaldean patriarchate assures Iraqi army of prayers 2016-10-21
Iraqi Christians rejoice at town’s liberation from ISIS 2016-10-20
Orthodox theologian argues against historic Church-state alignment 2016-10-20

Teachings of Christ

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?" (Mark 8:34-37 ESV)

Pentecost

Blessed are You, O Christ our God, * Who has shown the fishermen to be all wise, * by sending down to them the Holy Spirit, * and through them You have caught the whole world in Your net. * O Lover of Mankind, glory to You. (Troparion - Tone 8)

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

When the Most High descended, confusing tongues, * He divided the nations; * but when He distributed the tongues of fire, * He called all to unity; * and, with one voice, * we glorify the Most Holy Spirit. (Kontakion - Tone 8)

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

Repentance is the renewal of baptism. Repentance is a contract with God for a second life. A penitent is a buyer of humility. Repentance is constant distrust of bodily comfort. Repentance is self-condemning reflection, and carefree self-care. Repentance is the daughter of hope and the renunciation of despair. A penitent is an undisgraced convict. Repentance is reconciliation with the Lord by the practice of good deeds contrary to the sins. Repentance is purification of conscience. Repentance is the voluntary endurance of all afflictions. A penitent is the inflicter of his own punishments. Repentance is a mighty persecution of the stomach, and a striking of the soul into vigorous awareness.

St. John of the Ladder