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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
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
UGCC Synod session begins in USA 2016-05-31
Archbishop Shevchuk on the 'silent war' no one cares about 2016-05-31
Patriarch hosts interfaith gathering for peace in Iraq 2016-05-31
Russian Orthodox Church welcomes new papal envoy to Moscow 2016-05-31
President of Belarus suggests Pope meet Russian Patriarch on Ukraine 2016-05-28
Patriarch Kirill: American, European de-Christianization is ‘apocalyptic’ 2016-05-27
Syrian bishop laments new ISIS attacks 2016-05-26
Archbishop Sviatoslav: Oligarchs are destroying the State 2016-05-25
Patriarch criticizes Vatican’s ‘bureaucratic interference’ 2016-05-12
Pope Francis: Catholics, Copts can offer joint witness to dignity of life, marriage, creation 2016-05-09
Chaldean Patriarch urges priests in US to examine consciences about unauthorized flights from Iraq 2016-05-09
Called to the priesthood 2016-05-08
Holy Father Accepts Resignation of Bishop John (Kudrick), Retirement of Bishop Gerald (Dino) 2016-05-07
Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Bishop John M. Kudrick and Bishop Gerald N. Dino 2016-05-07
Aleppo’s bishops: our suffering is not in vain when united to Christ’s Passion 2016-05-04
Aleppo prelate saw resurgence of faith around Easter 2016-05-02
Obama rues persecution of Orthodox Christians 2016-05-02
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew issues Easter encyclical 2016-04-29
Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo laments heavy fighting in Aleppo 2016-04-29

Teachings of Christ

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." (Matthew 5:9 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, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live." (Proverbs 7:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Even a pious person is not immune to spiritual sickness if he does not have a wise guide -- either a living person or a spiritual writer. This sickness is called _prelest_, or spiritual delusion, imagining oneself to be near to God and to the realm of the divine and supernatural. Even zealous ascetics in monasteries are sometimes subject to this delusion, but of course, laymen who are zealous in external struggles (podvigi) undergo it much more frequently. Surpassing their acquaintances in struggles of prayer and fasting, they imagine that they are seers of divine visions, or at least of dreams inspired by grace. In every event of their lives, they see special intentional directions from God or their guardian angel. And then they start imagining that they are God's elect, and often try to foretell the future. The Holy Fathers armed themselves against nothing so fiercely as against this sickness -- prelest.

Metropolitan Anthony Khrapovitsky