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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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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
World Orthodox assembly set for Crete, probably in June 2016-01-25
Joint Catholic-Orthodox statement on sanctity of life 2016-01-21
Oldest monastery in Iraq destroyed 2016-01-20
Russians plunge into icy waters to celebrate Epiphany 2016-01-20
Serbian Orthodox delegation meets with Pope 2016-01-19
Patriarch laments plight of Syrian town whose residents are starving 2016-01-14
Russian Orthodox official, dismissed in December shake-up, reports media blackout on his views 2016-01-13
Ukrainian Catholic leader decries abortion, gender ideology 2016-01-13
Chaldean Patriarch encourages pre-Lenten fast for peace, security in Middle East 2016-01-12
‘Human stupidity’ is at heart of Middle East conflicts, says Coptic Orthodox leader 2016-01-12
Coptic pope issues encyclical; Egyptian leader attends Christmas liturgy 2016-01-08
Pope Francis establishes Syrian Catholic exarchate in Canada 2016-01-08
Syrian Catholic exarchate established in Canada 2016-01-07
‘Russia comes first,’ says Serbian Orthodox leader 2016-01-07
Chaldean Catholic Church grows in California 2016-01-07
Russian Orthodox Church will lose Ukrainian faithful, journalist predicts 2016-01-06
Moscow Patriarch Kirill issues Christmas message 2016-01-06
Kidnapped priest released in Syria 2016-01-05
‘Global situation is disastrous,’ says Jerusalem patriarch 2016-01-05
Chaldean patriarchate welcomes liberation of Ramadi 2016-01-05
Pope Francis erects new Syro Malankara Eparchy in USA, Canada 2016-01-04
Egyptian group charges Copts support anti-Islamic ideology 2016-01-04
Syrian patriarch decries Obama administration policy in Middle East 2015-12-31
Russian prelate questions whether pan-Orthodox council will take place 2015-12-30
Shake-up in Russian Orthodox hierarchy 2015-12-28
‘We will not give in to injustice’: Iraqi, Syrian prelates issue Christmas letters 2015-12-24
Orthodox Patriarch: plight of child refugees is 'disgrace for the entire human race' 2015-12-23
Syrian President Assad visits Catholic parish 2015-12-21
Lebanon: Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai raps lawmakers for stalemate preventing election of new president 2015-12-17
Jerusalem Latin Patriarch issues Christmas message 2015-12-17
Orthodox leader: cooperate with Catholics to help persecuted Christians 2015-12-15
Letter of His Beatitude Gregorios III Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, of Alexandria and of Jerusalem of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church on the occasion of the Feast of the Nativity - 25 December 2015 2015-12-15
Syria: 17 churches have been destroyed by Islamic extremists 2015-12-14
Assembly of the Catholic Hierarchs in Syria: Closing Statement of November Meeting 2015-11-24
His Beatitude Patriarch Gregorios III (Laham) on Lebanese Independence Day 2015-11-22
Patriarch Gregorios III on the Paris Attacks of 13 November 2015 2015-11-15
Attack on Beirut’s Southern Suburbs 2015-11-15
EWTN to Provide Live Broadcast of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy to be celebrated by His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk 2015-11-13
The smallest church in Frankfurt 2015-11-12
“The Church is close to people” - Interview with Gregorios III Laham 2015-11-12
Exodus: Syrian Patriarch criticizes German asylum policy 2015-11-11
As Islamic State advances, Christians gather to defend town 2015-11-11

Teachings of Christ

“The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45 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

What toil we must endure, what fatigue, while we are attempting to climb hills and the summits of mountains! What, that we may ascend to heaven! If you consider the promised reward, what you endure is less. Immortality is given to the one who perseveres; everlasting life is offered; the Lord promises His Kingdom.

St. Cyprian