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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.

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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
His Beatitude Sviatoslav in Vinnytsia on the Feast of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God: "The Feast of the Protection – is celebrating of something which is happening today" 2016-10-19
Meeting of the Bishops of the Catholic Eastern Churches in Europe to be held in Portugal 2016-10-19
The Ukrainian embassy in the United Kingdom criticized the Patriarch Kiril's visit to London 2016-10-19
Special Prayer Services in Honor of the first Bishop of all Eastern Catholics in the United States 2016-10-19
New Bishops Elected in Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate 2016-10-19
Russian Patriarch Kirill concerned about Anglican developments 2016-10-19
Syria: monk emphasizes ISIS-Saudi link 2016-10-19
Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako addresses task force on Iraq’s future 2016-10-19
Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako appeals for Iraqi unity as army advances on Mosul 2016-10-19
Shelling hits Aleppo’s Christian quarter; children killed 2016-10-14
Bahrain: king gives land for Christian church 2016-10-14
Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma (USA) Conducts Clergy Retreat 2016-10-12
Pope pleads for immediate ceasefire in Syria 2016-10-12
Nun: Western journalists biased in their coverage of Syria 2016-10-12
Walter Ciszek Day 2016 to be celebrated October 16th 2016-10-12
“The first victim of war is truth” - patriarch says to the Catholic bishops of Europe 2016-10-11
Catholic, Orthodox officials present Syrian children’s appeal for peace 2016-10-11
Dublin archbishop meets with leading Russian Orthodox official 2016-10-07
Aleppo is a divided city, like Cold War Berlin, archbishop reports 2016-10-06
Report: Kurdish fighters occupy Christian villages in Syria 2016-10-06
Pope recalls apostolic journey to Caucasus, speaks of unity of martyrs’ blood 2016-10-05
Orthodox and Catholics must stand together: Russian Orthodox official 2016-10-03
Ecumenical setback as Orthodox boycott papal Mass in Georgia 2016-10-03
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

Teachings of Christ

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12 ESV)

Resurrection

Christ is risen from the dead * trampling down Death by death, * and to those in the tombs bestowing life! (Troparion)

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

Although You descended into the tomb, O Immortal One, * You destroyed the power of Hades; * You arose as the victor, O Christ God, * proclaiming to the myrrh-bearing women: “Rejoice!” * And granting peace to Your Apostles, * O, You, Who gives resurrection to the fallen. (Kontakion)

Random Proverb

"My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding, that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge." (Proverbs 5:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

No one has to be embarrassed over his sinful state. ‘There is no man who, while living, does not sin,’ and the more sinful the man, the stronger will be God’s help in leading him out of his sinful mire. But the help of God comes only when the sinner repents with heartfelt contrition and has the will to reform. Not seeing in himself enough strength of soul to break away from sinful deeds, he asks for God’s help. This is where the mercy of God, Who does not wish the death of the sinner but wants him to be converted and live, is often evident.… If the voice of conscience awakens in us a feeling of remorse or repentance, then we must pray fervently to the Guardian Angel of our human existence that he may keep us from corrupt downfalls and help us ‘serve God with fear and trembling.’

Elder Macarius of Optina