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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
Patriarchate: pan-Orthodox synod will not express solidarity with ‘sexual minorities’ 2015-05-01
Chaldean patriarch reflects on Armenian genocide, Islamic State 2015-05-01
Coptic Orthodox leader denounces court decision on divorce 2015-04-30
Armenian church seeks return of historic headquarters 2015-04-30
International community’s indifference to Mideast Christians is reminiscent of Pilate, says prelate 2015-04-30
Turkey invites Vatican to exposition: conciliatory gesture after diplomatic row 2015-04-29
Christians used as scapegoats as Sunnis, Shi'ite struggle for power, Iraqi prelate says 2015-04-29
Syrian archbishop says government could defeat Islamic State if foreign nations cut support 2015-04-29
UAOC officially declares its readiness to real association to establish the unified national church in Ukraine 2015-04-27
Coptic teacher, students arrested for ‘contempt of religion’ in Egypt 2015-04-27
Nations may fear 'legal consequences' of recognizing Armenian genocide, says Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai 2015-04-25
Patriarch Gregorios III: Appeal for human dignity 2015-04-23
Armenian Apostolic Church: canonization of 1.5 million genocide victims 2015-04-23
2015 Paschal Message of His Beatitude Sviatoslav 2015-04-22
Orthodox believers are leaving Moscow Patriarchate for UGCC in Estonia 2015-04-22
Turkey will commemorate Armenian deaths-- but not genocide 2015-04-22
Turkey must acknowledge Armenian genocide, says Maronite Patriarch 2015-04-22
Al Azhar University denounces 'heinous' killing of 28 Ethiopians 2015-04-21
28 Ethiopians reportedly killed in new Islamic State massacre 2015-04-20
Syrian Christians hold out hope for kidnapped bishops, priest 2015-04-20
Immigrants clash on refugee ship; Muslims throw Christians overboard 2015-04-17
Armenian genocide memorials muted in Turkey 2015-04-16
Historic cathedral returned to Russian Orthodox Church 2015-04-16
Turkey's leaders lash out at Pope for recognizing Armenian genocide 2015-04-15
Bishop: Turkish Christians ‘embarrassed’ by Pope’s remarks on Armenian genocide 2015-04-15
Russian Orthodox Patriarch supports creation of Palestinian state 2015-04-14
Patriarch Gregorios III issues Appeal for Aleppo 2015-04-15
Paschal Message of Three Syrian Patriarchs 2015-04-14
In Easter message, Moscow patriarch recalls victory over Germany 2015-04-14
Christian neighborhood shelled in Aleppo 2015-04-14
USCCB committee chair supports framework for dealing with Iran 2015-04-14
Iraqi premier meets Chaldean Patriarch, urges Christians to stay 2015-04-13
Turkey recalls ambassador to Holy See, protests Pope's statement on Armenian genocide 2015-04-13
Pope laments Armenian genocide, proclaims 36th doctor of the Church 2015-04-13
Catholics in Holy Land celebrate Easter this Sunday 2015-04-10
Catholic aid worker killed in Syria 2015-04-10
Pope speaks out on Armenian genocide 2015-04-09
Ecumenical Patriarch issues statement on water 2015-04-09
Moscow patriarch’s Easter greeting to Christian leaders 2015-04-08
5 injured in attack on church in Egypt 2015-04-08
Patriarchate denounces ‘rebellion’ of California’s Chaldean bishops 2015-04-08
Jerusalem Latin Patriarch: Easter homily 2015-04-06
Pope Francis: Easter Vigil homily (full text) 2015-04-04
Orthodox churches discuss upcoming synod agenda 2015-04-02
Easter message of Christian leaders in Jerusalem 2015-04-02
Ecumenical Patriarch grants interview to Jesuit journal 2015-04-02
Orthodox churches discuss upcoming synod agenda 2015-04-02
Byzantine Catholic churches offer Holy Week healing service 2015-04-02
Lebanese religious leaders warn nation is at risk of destabilization 2015-04-01
Pastoral Letter of His Beatitude Sviatoslav to the Youth 2015-04-01


Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down Death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life! (Troparion)

Although You descended into the tomb, O Immortal, * You destroyed the power of Hades; * You arose as the Victor, O Christ God, * saying “Rejoice!” to the myrrh-bearing women * and granting peace to your Apostles, * O You who gives resurrection to the fallen.” (Kontakion) 

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

In two things then was Abraham victorious: that he killed his son although he did not kill him and that he believed that after Isaac died he would be raised up again and would go back down with him. For Abraham was firmly convinced that He Who said to him, 'through Isaac shall your descendants be named,' was not lying.

St. Ephrem the Syrian, Commentary on Genesis