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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
Papal tribute to deceased Armenian Patriarch 2015-07-01
Patriarch Gregorios III on the Repose of H. B. Nerses Bedros XIX of blessed memory, Armenian Catholic Catholicos Patriarch of Cilicia 2015-07-01
Metropolitan Hilarion meets with 3 Vatican officials 2015-06-30
Catholic-Orthodox unity ‘one of my main concerns,’ says Pope 2015-06-29
Encyclical on environment ‘filled us with immense satisfaction,’ says Ecumenical Patriarch 2015-06-29
Coptic Pope denounces 'Gospel of Barnabas' 2015-06-25
Chaldean Patriarch suggests single unified patriarchate for Iraqi Christians 2015-06-25
Armenian Catholic patriarch dead at 75 2015-06-25
Prelate: the Church in Pakistan refuses to be silenced 2015-06-25
UGCC Patriarch led the festivities on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the founding of a parish in Ohio, USA 2015-06-24
Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako urges Muslims to work for Iraqi reconciliation, unity 2015-06-24
Conclusion of the June 2015 Synod of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church 2015-06-22
Pope meets with Syrian Orthodox patriarch, laments persecution of Christians 2015-06-21
Patriarch Gregorios III's Prayers and Good Wishes for Ramadan and the Apostle's Fast 2015-06-20
Opening Statement from the Holy Synod of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church 2015-06-18
Syrian Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II begins visit to Rome 2015-06-17
Most Lebanese considering emigration, Melkite Patriarch reports 2015-06-16
Russian Orthodox spokesman: common date for Easter celebration acceptable-- if Orthodox calendar is used 2015-06-16
Al Maryamiyah Joint Appeal from Five Patriarchs of Antioch and All the East 2015-06-16
Chaldean Patriarch's new book makes case for just war to defend Christians in Iraq 2015-06-15
Syria's Assad meets with Orthodox prelates, pledges support against Islamic terror 2015-06-12
Iraqi prelate to West: help liberate Mosul, or open doors to refugees 2015-06-12
“Christian Ukraine may become challenge for secularized Europe,” Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk says 2015-06-10
Pope Francis called for a “sincere and great effort to realize peace” in Ukraine, as he met on June 10 with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. During a 50-minute conversation that was described as cordial but serious, the Pope pressed the Russian leader 2015-06-10
Pope meets with Putin, presses for peace in Ukraine 2015-06-10
Christian Patriarchs plead: help us survive in Syria 2015-06-09
Protect the oceans, Ecumenical Patriarch urges 2015-06-09
Ukrainian archbishop says Europe must address his country's crisis 2015-06-08
In Sarajevo, Pope pleads for peace, laments ‘worldly’ religious, decries ‘filthy’ programs 2015-06-08
Ukraine issue will be in focus when Putin meets Pope 2015-06-05
Iraqi prelate calls for additional military action against Islamic State 2015-06-05
Russian Orthodox Church ends dialogue with 2 Protestant communities 2015-06-04
Religious organizations in Ukraine granted right to establish secondary schools 2015-06-04
Report: Putin to meet with Pope 2015-06-04
Prophet Nahum’s tomb threatened by Islamic State advance 2015-06-04
Europe’s Eastern Catholic bishops discuss family 2015-06-04
Syrian prelate begs West to intervene against Islamic State; cathedral severely damaged 2015-06-03
Pope will come to Sarajevo as a ‘messenger of peace’ 2015-06-02
Churches desecrated in northern France 2015-06-02
Latin Patriarchate welcomes Al-Azhar’s promotion of a more moderate Islam 2015-06-02
Coptic Orthodox Church tightens control of monastic life 2015-06-02
Do not forget persecuted Christians, Syrian patriarch urges West 2015-06-02
Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in Youngstown, Ohio (USA) Welcomes Over 300 Students and their Teachers from St. Rose Catholic School in Girard, Ohio 2015-06-01
Archbishop Sviatoslav laments Russian entrenchment in eastern Ukraine 2015-06-01
Father Cuthbert A. Jack, O.S.B. Falls Asleep in the Lord 2015-05-30
Patriarch Sako grateful for fidelity of Iran’s Catholics 2015-05-29
Patriarch of Baghdad: Iran’s Chaldeans, "light, salt and leaven" in the Church of Persia 2015-05-28
Report: Christian villages liberated in northeastern Syria 2015-05-27
Syrian Catholic Patriarch asks prayers, fasting for safety of kidnapped priest and deacon 2015-05-26
Bishop NICHOLAS (Samra): Pastoral Letter on Christian Death and Funerals 2015-05-24

Peter & Paul

O first-enthroned of the apostles * and teachers of the whole world. * Beseech the Master of All * to grant peace to the world * and great mercy to our souls. (Troparion - Tone 4)

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

O Lord, You have received the steadfast and divinely eloquent preachers, * the foremost of Your apostles, * into the enjoyment of your good gifts and repose. * You have accepted their sufferings and death above any whole burnt offering, * O You Who alone knows the secrets of the heart. (Kontakion - Tone 2)

The Church celebrates the memory of the Holy Apostles Peter & Paul on June 29th.

Random Proverb

"My son, do not lose sight of these — keep sound wisdom and discretion, and they will be life for your soul." (Proverbs 3:21,22a ESV)

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