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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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Russian Orthodox official says major differences with Vatican remain 2016-03-12
Greece legalizes cremation despite Orthodox opposition 2016-03-12
Kyiv Patriarchate on Lviv Pseudo Synod of 1946: We are well aware of our brothers’ pain 2016-03-11
Poroshenko discussed with Bartholomew the establishment of one united Ukrainian Orthodox Church 2016-03-11
Prelate laments US Catholic silence on Middle East wars 2016-03-11
Bishop Hlib (Lonchyna): Rome does not understand Eastern Catholic perspective 2016-03-10
The Orthodox Appeal for recognition of the 1946 lviv ‘synod’ as a sham 2016-03-08
Pope pays tribute to Ukrainian Catholics’ loyalty as hierarchy reaffirms communion 2016-03-08
Ukrainian Greek Catholic bishops to have private audience with pope Francis in Rome 2016-03-05
Ukrainian historian compared the liquidation of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church with the hybrid war waged againts Ukraine today 2016-03-05
"We would like to be the voice of the suffering Ukraine", Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk about the visit to Rome 2016-03-05
Not rivals, but brothers: Russian Orthodox official reflects on recent joint declaration 2016-03-05
Archbishop Sviatoslav: we are more than an ‘ecclesial community’ 2016-03-02
Mob ransacks parish center, clinic in Ethiopia 2016-03-01
Romania: 2 million support constitutional amendment to protect marriage 2016-03-01
The blood of martyrs is the seed of Christian unity, Pope tells Ethiopian patriarch 2016-02-29
Russian patriarch ‘very frustrated’ by Ukrainian Catholic criticism of statement 2016-02-26
Orthodox patriarchs to meet to resolve jurisdictional dispute 2016-02-25
Patriarch Kirill calls on Orthodox, Catholics to oppose de-Christianitization, persecution 2016-02-25
Georgian Orthodox Church rejects ecumenical document for worldwide Orthodox council 2016-02-25
Patriarch Kirill: 'powerful forces' opposed meeting with Pope 2016-02-24
Ukrainian Catholic leader renews criticism of statement by Pope, Russian patriarch 2016-02-24
The bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the USA Meet With the Ecumenical Patriarch 2016-02-23
10,000 children among Syria's war casualties 2016-02-22
Christians are determined to remain in Syria, says prelate 2016-02-22
Pope Francis: I understand the feelings of the Ukrainians 2016-02-20
Moscow Patriarchate renews criticism of Ukrainian Catholic Church 2016-02-19
Moscow patriarch visits Antarctica 2016-02-19
Aleppo bishop says ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels are killing civilians 2016-02-18
Patriarch Kirill: Russia, other nations should work jointly against terrorists in Syria 2016-02-17
Prayer for Divine Mercy to accompany the Peace Efforts for Syria 2016-02-16
Coptic bishops mark anniversary of Libya beheadings 2016-02-16
Russian patriarch: meeting with Pope was of great historical significance 2016-02-16
Iraqi prelate: ‘our diocese is at its end’ 2016-02-16
Ukrainian Catholic leader: many feel ‘betrayed’ by joint statement of Pope, Russian patriarch 2016-02-15
Rev Peter Galadza on joint Francis-Kirill statement: Ukrainians worldwide will be very disappointed 2016-02-14
Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill 2016-02-13
In historic statement, Pope and Russian Patriarch speak for persecuted Christians, defense of family 2016-02-12
Syrian bishop pleased that Pope-Patriarch meeting will focus on suffering Christians 2016-02-12
Russian Patriarch responded to Pope's open invitation, says Cardinal Koch 2016-02-10
Christians boycott Iraqi parliament's 'peaceful coexistence' conference, saying talk produces no action 2016-02-09
Russian Orthodox bishops emphasize that doctrine cannot be changed 2016-02-09
Maronite Patriarch sees Lebanon empty presidency pushing Lebanon toward collapse 2016-02-08
Patriarchs call for prayer, fasting for suffering Church in Syria, Iraq 2016-02-08
Papal appeals for Syria, respect for human life from conception to natural death 2016-02-08
Pope, Russian Orthodox Patriarch schedule unpredecented meeting 2016-02-05
Leading Orthodox theologian: forthcoming council is ‘extraordinary and exceptional event’ 2016-02-04
Letter of His Beatitude Patriarch Gregorios III on the Occasion of Great and Holy Lent 2016 2016-02-01
Syrian Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III grateful to Russia for military intervention in Syria 2016-01-29
Patriarchs demand Syriac seats in Lebanon’s parliament 2016-01-28

Teachings of Christ

“Whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:33 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

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Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The knowledge of the Cross is concealed in the sufferings of the Cross.

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