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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
Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Bishops Ask UOC-KP Head to Resign 2007-03-05
Ukrainian Greek Catholic Synod Meets in Argentina 2007-03-05
Meeting of representatives of Christian Churches and communities in the CIS and Baltic countries 2007-03-05
Russian Orthodox leader sees positive change under Benedict XVI 2007-03-05
Prayer does not mean Evading Reality and Responsibility 2007-03-05
Metropolitan Nicholas on the Lost Tomb of Jesus 2007-03-05
Prayer a Life-and-Death Matter, Says Pope 2007-03-04
Angelus: On the Transfiguration 2007-03-04
Bishop Fisher on Conscience and Authority 2007-03-03
Putin to Attend to Ecumenical Matters 2007-03-02
Ukrainian Orthodox (UOC-KP) Synod Ready to Cooperate with UOC of USA 2007-03-02
Few Russians follow strict Orthodox fast in Lent 2007-03-02
Russian prelate to accompany Putin to meeting with Pope? 2007-03-02
Iraqi Catholics Losing Hope, Says Priest 2007-03-01
Russian bishop sees chance for Pope-Patriarch summit 2007-03-01
Official Tells of Goal of Church Charities 2007-02-28
Pakistani Bishop Target of Death Threats 2007-02-28
Iraqis Add Lenten Sacrifices to Daily Trials 2007-02-28
In Christ is True Freedom 2007-02-28
Catechetical Homily of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the Beginning of Holy and Great Lent 2007-02-28
SCOBA Letter for the Sunday of Orthodoxy 2007-02-28
Metropolitan Nicholas of Johnstown Archpastoral Letter for the Fast 2007 2007-02-28
Synod Organizers Marvel at Church Growth in Africa 2007-02-28
Concert Aims for a Note of Christian Unity 2007-02-28
Holy-Land Bishops Counsel Neocatechumenate 2007-02-28
In Beijing's Russian Embassy Red Fangzi the first week of Lenten Services took place 2007-02-25
Alexy II Congratulates a Catholic Charity 2007-02-24
Address of Papal Theologian on Natural Moral Law 2007-02-24
Greek Catholics in Russia Need Separate Church Structure, Ukrainian Bishop Agrees 2007-02-20
Report of Catholic-Oriental Orthodox Commission 2007-02-12
Pope Benedict Homily at the Conclusion of Prayer for Christian Unity 2007-02-01
His Holiness Patriarch Alexy meets with representatives of the Russian Church Outside of Russia 2007-01-31
New Bishop Named for Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton 2007-01-25
Pontiff Recalls Key Ecumenical Events of '06 2007-01-24
"Horizontalism … Does Damage to Catholic Faith and Worship" 2007-01-20
Bishops Urge Christian Presence in Holy Land 2007-01-19
Courage Is Needed to Forge Unity, Says Pope 2007-01-19
Statement of Bishops Visiting the Holy Land 2007-01-19
Convincing Testimony to the Truths of the Gospel 2007-01-19
Catholics Committed to the Common Good in Turkey 2007-01-19
Briefing on the Current Situation of Ecumenism 2007-01-18
Follow Path to Christian Unity without Discouragement 2007-01-17
Cardinal Kasper Promoting Spiritual Ecumenism 2007-01-16
Christian College and a Seminary Reopen in Iraq 2007-01-16
2007 Sanctity of Life message of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Herman 2007-01-14
Celebrating Christ's Nativity in China 2007-01-12
Papal Message to Catholics in Mideast 2007-01-11
Christmas Message of Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia 2007-01-09
Christian College and a Seminary Leave Baghdad 2007-01-08
Results of Russian Poll on Attitudes Toward Religion Viewed 2007-01-07

Teachings of Christ

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God." (John 3:16-18 ESV)


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

"My son, do not lose sight of these — keep sound wisdom and discretion, and they will be life for your soul." (Proverbs 3:21,22a ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Do all in your power not to fall, for the strong athlete should not fall. But if you do fall, get up again at once and continue the contest. Even if you fall a thousand times because of the withdrawal of God's grace, rise up again each time, and keep on doing this until the day of your death. For it is written, 'If a righteous man falls down seven times' - that is, repeatedly throughout his life - 'seven times shall he rise again' [Prov. 24:16].

John of Karpathos