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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
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
Russia in the Hague accused of terror and discrimination in Crimea and funding terrorism in Donbas 2017-03-09
No news on Indian priest, a year after abduction 2017-03-09
No preferential treatment for persecuted Christians in revised executive order 2017-03-09
Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III: 80% of Syriac Catholics now live outside homeland 2017-03-09
After visit to Avdiyivka, UGCC bishop tells about the daunting daily life of frontline residents 2017-03-06
Egyptian official: jihadists threaten Islam as well as Christianity 2017-03-06
Egypt’s al Sisi says Muslims, Christians should be seen as equal citizens 2017-03-04
Russian Catholics hope for a new springtime for small Byzantine Church 2017-03-03
Archbishop Sviatoslav to Int'l Community: 'Stop war in Ukraine' 2017-03-03
Melkite Holy Synod Issues Press Release 2017-03-02
Christians Erect Giant Cross Outside Mosul to Mark Victory Over ISIS Jihadists 2017-03-02
Patriarch Kirill criticizes search for ‘likes’ on social media 2017-03-02
‘The monk who saves manuscripts from ISIS’ 2017-03-02
Iraq: patriarch blesses giant cross in liberated town 2017-02-28
Melkite Synod reachs agreement, end ‘open rebellion’ 2017-02-27
Hundreds of Copts in flight from Sinai peninsula after murders, threats 2017-02-27
Another Copt murdered; Christians begin to flee Sinai peninsula 2017-02-24
Pro-life cooperation between Orthodox, Catholics in Russia 2017-02-24
Leading Russian Orthodox official laments persecution, says ‘Islamic terrorism’ does not exist 2017-02-23
Coptic Christians murdered, Islamic group vows more attacks in Egypt 2017-02-23
Patriarch calls for Lenten prayer for peace in Iraq 2017-02-23
Vatican calls for adherence to ceasefire in Ukraine 2017-02-22
Egypt: road planned through ancient monastery’s land 2017-02-22
Flames of Faith 2017-02-20
Syrian Orthodox Church weighs special synod to address Patriarch’s gesture of respect for Qu’ran 2017-02-20
Pope prays for victims of violence in Congo, Pakistan, Iraq 2017-02-20

Teachings of Christ

“Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." (Matthew 6:33 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

"Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her." (Proverbs 8:10,11 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

When you are praying alone, and your spirit is dejected, and you are wearied and oppressed by your loneliness, remember then, as always, that God the Trinity looks upon you with eyes brighter than the sun; also all the angels, your own Guardian Angel, and all the Saints of God. Truly they do; for they are all one in God, and where God is, there are they also. Where the sun is, thither also are directed all its rays. Try to understand what this means.

St. John of Kronstadt