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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
New Testament Codex 1424 Returned to the Care of the Ecumenical Patriarchate 2016-11-22
The Head of the UGCC to Ukrainian priests in Austria: "Our people are our biggest treasure, and our clergy is our strength" 2016-11-22
Patriarch Kirill: ROC will never agree to independence of Ukrainian Church 2016-11-22
Chaldean Bishop Frank (Kalabat) calls for prayer, advocacy for Iraqi Christians 2016-11-22
Syrian patriarch Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III: persecuted Christians hope Trump will help secure Mideast peace 2016-11-18
Homs Melkite archbishop hopes Trump, acting with Russia, can curb bloodshed in Syria 2016-11-18
Russian Orthodox official sees Trump victory as sign of hope 2016-11-18
Chaldean Archbishop Basar: Christians who fled ISIS likely to return to villages next summer 2016-11-18
Pope meets with leader of Assyrian Church of the East 2016-11-18
Icon of Mary, the Helper of Mothers visits Scranton throughout November 2016-11-16
Annual Holodomor Commemoration At St. Patrick Cathedral in New York 2016-11-16
Iraqi Christians discuss life under ISIS 2016-11-16
Bishop Milan (Shashik) participates in glorification of 38 blessed martyrs that suffered from communist rule 2016-11-11
Patiarch Kirill of Moscow congratulates President-Elect Trump 2016-11-10
Aleppo’s Christians feel abandoned, says Holy Land Custos 2016-11-10
Vatican foreign minister concludes trip to Cyprus 2016-11-09
Syrian Orthodox prelate wounded by gunfire in Aleppo 2016-11-09
Iraq: Syriac Catholics from liberated town fear what lies ahead 2016-11-08
Profile of Iraqi Christian town 2016-11-05
Maronite bishops welcome election of Lebanese president, breaking long impasse 2016-11-03
Prelates call for respect for rights of Christians in Iraq 2016-11-03
Romanian Orthodox look for unity after Crete meeting 2016-11-02
Ecumenical Patriarch marks 25th anniversary 2016-11-02
In city liberated from Islamic State, Iraqi bishop celebrates first Divine Liturgy in over two years 2016-10-31
In Crimea, Ukrainian Catholics and Orthodox excluded from religious council 2016-10-31
Final Press Release of the Assembly of Catholic Hierarchy in Syria 2016-10-30
‘There will always be Christians in Iraq,’ Patriarch Louis Raphael I (Sako) vows 2016-10-27
Byzantine liturgies to be restored at University of Scranton at Ciszek Hall 2016-10-27
21st Regular Sobor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA develops Church strategy 2016-10-27
Church of Transfiguration on Mount Tabor desecrated 2016-10-27
Iraqi Chaldean Archbishop: US bears ‘moral responsibility’ toward Iraq 2016-10-27
Irish faithful invited to pray for Syrian peace 2016-10-27
Mahanoy City church to celebrate 125 years 2016-10-25
Together we proclaim the joy of the Gospel, Bishops of the Oriental Catholic Churches in Europe 2016-10-25
The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church opened 225 communities in Western European countries 2016-10-25
Diversity is not a danger, but a treasure for the whole Church, European Eastern Catholic bishops 2016-10-25
Syrian Catholics fear Islamic takeover, plead for West to stop arming rebels 2016-10-24
Papal laments cruel violence in Iraq 2016-10-24
European bishops discuss pastoral care of Eastern Catholic migrants 2016-10-21
Chaldean patriarchate assures Iraqi army of prayers 2016-10-21
Iraqi Christians rejoice at town’s liberation from ISIS 2016-10-20
Orthodox theologian argues against historic Church-state alignment 2016-10-20
His Beatitude Sviatoslav in Vinnytsia on the Feast of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God: "The Feast of the Protection – is celebrating of something which is happening today" 2016-10-19
Meeting of the Bishops of the Catholic Eastern Churches in Europe to be held in Portugal 2016-10-19
The Ukrainian embassy in the United Kingdom criticized the Patriarch Kiril's visit to London 2016-10-19
Special Prayer Services in Honor of the first Bishop of all Eastern Catholics in the United States 2016-10-19
New Bishops Elected in Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate 2016-10-19
Russian Patriarch Kirill concerned about Anglican developments 2016-10-19
Syria: monk emphasizes ISIS-Saudi link 2016-10-19
Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako addresses task force on Iraq’s future 2016-10-19

Teachings of Christ

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." (Matthew 5:9 ESV)

The Weapon of Peace

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (Troparion, Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion, Tone 4)

Random Proverb

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Seek God daily. But seek Him in your heart, not outside it. And when you find Him, stand with fear and trembling, like the Cherubim and Seraphim, for your heart has become a throne of God. But in order to find God, become humble as dust before the Lord, for the Lord abhors the proud; whereas He visits those that are humble in heart, wherefore He says: “To whom will I look, but to the one who is meek and humble in heart?”

St. Nectarius of Aegina