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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
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
Archbishop: return to Aleppo 2017-03-21
Chaldean Catholic patriarchate says it cannot supply priests for ‘diaspora’ communities 2017-03-21
Pope Francis to visit Egypt in April 2017-03-21
Icon Blessing in Virginia 2017-03-18
Letter of H.B. Patriarch Gregorios III for Great and Holy Lent 2017 2017-03-17
Knights of Columbus calls on US government to assist persecuted Christians 2017-03-17
The Church That Stalin Couldn’t Kill: Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Thrives Seventy Years after Forced Reunification 2017-03-16
Pope Francis meets Lebanese president, promises a visit 2017-03-16
Catholic parish in Ankara, Turkey, will host Orthodox liturgies 2017-03-14
Mosul: Chaldean Catholic parish became office for ISIS authorities 2017-03-14
Catholics, Lutherans to mark Reformation March 14 at Pittsbugh Ruthenian Cathedral 2017-03-13
St. Patrick added to Russian Orthodox calendar 2017-03-13
Patriarch Louis Raphael I calls for redrafting of Iraqi constitution 2017-03-10
Prelates call on US, Europe to be more generous to refugees 2017-03-10
The Christians fleeing their homes after ISIS attacks in Egypt 2017-03-09
Ukraine asks UN to assess the situation with freedom of religion and belief in occupied Crimea 2017-03-09

Teachings of Christ

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?" (Mark 8:34-37 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

"My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights." (Proverbs 3:11,12 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Every man baptized into Christ should pass progressively through all the stages of Christ's own life, for in Baptism he receives the power so to progress, and through keeping the Commandments he can discover and learn how to accomplish such progression.

St. Gregory of Sinai