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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
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
Pro-life Easter signature campaign at Russian Orthodox churches 2016-04-28
Egypt's Copts resume travel to Jerusalem after years of boycott 2016-04-26
Aleppo's Armenian districts bombarded on anniversary of genocide 2016-04-26
Bishop Borys Gudziak: the Pope is trying to save Ukraine 2016-04-26
Metropolitan Hilarion criticizes pan-Orthodox council’s documents, procedure 2016-04-23
Patriarch Gregorios III: We cannot forget abducted bishops 2016-04-21
Papal appeal for Ukraine 2016-04-20
Do not be indifferent to refugees, Pope Francis and Orthodox leaders plead 2016-04-18
Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma (USA) Conducted Youth Ministry Training Seminar in North Carolina 2016-04-17
Some Syrian Christians returning home from Europe 2016-04-15
Program announced for papal trip to Lesbos 2016-04-15
Greek bishop fears violence in face of migrant crisis 2016-04-15
Together on the margins: Lesbos trip to be ecumenical sign of service 2016-04-13
Russia: joint Catholic-Orthodox initiative to assist Syria’s Christians 2016-04-13
Chaldean Patriarch: priests should not promote Christian exodus from Iraq 2016-04-13
Papal appeal for prayers for visit to Greek island 2016-04-13
Russian bishops recall St. John Paul’s restoration of hierarchy 2016-04-13
Pope to visit 3 Caucasus nations 2016-04-11
Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II: ISIS murdered Christians in Syrian town 2016-04-11
Patriarch Kirill calls for peace in Caucasus 2016-04-08
Patriarchate confirms papal visit to Greek island in ‘near future’ 2016-04-07
Pakistan: Christian, Muslim clergy mourn victims of Easter attack 2016-04-06
Chaldean bishops welcome progress against ISIS, say Iraq is at ‘dangerous crossroads’ 2016-04-06
Saint's relics discovered intact in rubble of Syrian monastery destroyed by Islamic State 2016-04-05
Pope may visit Greece to meet with migrants facing return to Turkey 2016-04-05
Ukrainian Greek Catholics welcome statement on 1946 ‘synod’ 2016-04-05
Palestinian police arrest Syrian Orthodox prelate 2016-04-04
Pope announces special collection for Ukraine 2016-04-04
Moscow Patriarchate to host international conference on persecution of Christians 2016-03-31
Lord Sacks decries 'ethnic cleansing' of Christians in Middle East 2016-03-30
Bishop Borys (Gudziak) about attacks in Belgium 2016-03-24
The Head of the UGCC on Sunday of Orthodoxy: “Great Fasting is a time of an open heaven” 2016-03-24
Patriarch Louis Raphael I: Iraqis must unite against ISIS 2016-03-24
Convert to Christianity murdered in Bangladesh; ISIS claims responsibility 2016-03-24
Russian Orthodox Patriarch condemns 'heresy' of a right to sinful behavior 2016-03-23
Saudis nurture Islamic radicals in Europe, Syrian bishop warns 2016-03-23
2016 Paschal Letter of Patriarch Gregorios III 2016-03-23
Latin Catholic Patriarch of Jerusalem: US finding of genocide against Christians comes too late 2016-03-22
Pope May Visit Armenia in June, Vatican Says 2016-03-22

Teachings of Christ

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:34-35 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

"Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest." (Proverbs 6:6-8 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)