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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
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
Chaldean Patriarch Louis Rapael I asks Iraqi Muslims to pray for peace during Ramadan 2016-06-07
Patriarchate of Antioch opts out of Pan-Orthodox Council 2016-06-07
Ecumenical Patriarchate releases pan-Orthodox council’s draft documents 2016-06-03
Statement from Patriarchate of Antioch raises new concerns about Pan-Orthodox Council 2016-06-03
Islamic informant claims evidence that priest kidnapped in Syria is still alive 2016-06-03
ISIS attacks have helped forge bonds of unity with Catholics, says Orthodox bishop 2016-06-02
Patriarch Kirill, President Putin visit Mount Athos 2016-06-01
Bulgarian Church withdraws from Pan-Orthodox Council 2016-06-01

Teachings of Christ

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." (Matthew 5:6 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

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

Our distresses are notorious, even though we leave them untold, for now their sound has gone out into all the world. The doctrines of the Fathers are despised; apostolic traditions are set at nought; the devices of innovators are in vogue in the Churches; now men are rather contrivers of cunning systems than theologians; the wisdom of this world wins the highest prizes and has rejected the glory of the cross. Shepherds are banished, and in their places are introduced grievous wolves hurrying the flock of Christ. Houses of prayer have none to assemble in them; desert places are full of lamenting crowds. The elders lament when they compare the present with the past. The younger are yet more to be compassionated, for they do not know of what they have been deprived. All this is enough to stir the pity of men who have learnt the love of Christ; but, compared with the actual state of things, words fall very far short....

Saint Basil the Great
(Letter 90)