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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
Pope offers Mass for Coptic patriarch 2017-04-26
Pope issues message to people of Egypt 2017-04-25
Lebanese Orthodox prelate confident that kidnapped bishops remain alive 2017-04-24
Pope sends encouragement to Coptic leader 2017-04-21
Bishop Venedykt (Valery) Aleksiychuk, M.S.U appointed as Bishop of the Eparchy of Saint Nicholas of Chicago (UGCC) 2017-04-20
Orientale Lumen Conference set for June, to Discuss Two Historical Events 2017-04-20
GOOGLE offers virtual tour to unique wooden churches of Carpathian region 2017-04-20
Egyptian bishop: we have no need of Western protection 2017-04-20
Pakistan: Christian-Muslim campaign for peace 2017-04-20
Patriarch Bartholomew to join Pope in visit to Egypt 2017-04-20
Moscow patriarch’s Easter message 2017-04-18
Patriarch Kirill calls for Catholic-Orthodox cooperation to decrease East-West conflict 2017-04-14
Easter Pastoral Letter of the Ukrainian Catholic Hierarcy of the USA 2017-04-14
Head of the UGCC condoles Coptic Christians in connection with terrorist attacks 2017-04-14
Jerusalem’s Christian leaders issue joint Easter Message 2017-04-12
Coptic Catholic leader sees bombings as test for Egyptian Catholics 2017-04-12
Noted Evangelical, ‘Bible Answer Man,’ becomes Orthodox 2017-04-12
Byzantine monk and nun debut cooking show on balanced life of feasting and fasting 2017-04-10
Six thousand families of Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine to get potatoes and seeds from the Pope 2017-04-08
Turkish President Erdogan to pray at Hagia Sophia, raising questions about secular status 2017-04-07
Syrian bishop sees US strikes as hasty, dangerous 2017-04-07
Syria: Catholic agencies provided $200M in assistance to 4.6 million in 2016 2017-04-07
Metropolitan Stefan's meditation for Palm Sunday 2017-04-06
Paschal Letter 2017 of His Beatitude Gregorios III Patriarch of Antioch and All the East of Alexandria and of Jerusalem 2017-04-06
Mishawaka Eastern Rite church reaches out to fellow Catholics 2017-04-06
Bishop Danylo visits Ss. Peter and Paul church in Ambridge, PA 2017-04-06
The Council of Kharkiv-Poltava Eparchy of UAOC (renewed) officially confirmed to the Vatican its intend to integrate with the UGCC 2017-04-06
Iraqi priest to celebrate Palm Sunday Mass in town liberated from Islamic State 2017-04-06
Mob attacks Christian school in Sudan 2017-04-06
State Department honors Aleppo nun 2017-04-05
Eastern Catholic Canadian bishop reflects on married priests after meeting Pope 2017-04-04
His Beatitude Sviatoslav Concludes Visits to Argentina and Paraguay 2017-04-04
40th anniversary of His Beatitude Lubomyr’s (Husar) ordination marked at Patriarchal Cathedral 2017-04-04
Patriarch Kirill laments subway bombing 2017-04-04
Vatican welcomes three more Syrian refugee families to Rome 2017-04-03
Eastern Catholic Associates met in St. Louis, MO 2017-03-31
"I want to be a bridge among various parishes of our Church in the world," the Head of the UGCC in Argentina 2017-03-31
St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church in Austintown, OH (USA) Reaches Out to the Underprivileged in the Year of Diakonia 2017-03-31
The Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma (USA) held a Lenten Lock-In Retreat for its Youth in the Spirit of Diakonia 2017-03-31
Pope receives Canadian Bishops in ad limina audience. Among them Greek Catholics 2017-03-31
Egypt: police defuse bomb in church 2017-03-31
Cardinal bewails continued atrocities in Syria 2017-03-31
Theme announced for papal trip to Egypt 2017-03-31
Moscow Patriarchate seeks ban on surrogate motherhood 2017-03-30
Egyptian police arrest Copts who protested kidnapping 2017-03-29
Islamic State damaged 12,000 Christian homes in Iraq’s Nineveh region 2017-03-29
Patriarch Kirill praises rural Russian conservatism 2017-03-29
Christ’s restored tomb inaugurated in Jerusalem 2017-03-24
Syria: jihadists advance on Christian city 2017-03-24
Eritrean Catholic bishop visits diaspora, says too many migrants perish 2017-03-22

Teachings of Christ

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12 ESV)


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

"Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you." (Proverbs 3:28 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Christ is Risen! 
O the marvel! the forbearance! the immeasurable meekness! 
The Untouched is felt; the Master is held by a servant, 
And He reveals His wounds to one of His inner circle. 
Seeing these wounds, the whole Creation was shaken at the time. 
Thomas, when he was considered worthy of such gifts, 
Lifted up a prayer to the One Who deemed him worthy, 
Saying, "Bear my rashness with patience, 
Have pity on my unworthiness and lighten the burden 
Of my lack of faith, so that I may sing and cry, 
`Thou art our Lord and God.'" 

Kontakia of Romanos, V. 1, On Doubting Thomas