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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
Syrian bishop pleased that Pope-Patriarch meeting will focus on suffering Christians 2016-02-12
Russian Patriarch responded to Pope's open invitation, says Cardinal Koch 2016-02-10
In historic statement, Pope and Russian Patriarch speak for persecuted Christians, defense of family 2016-02-12
Christians boycott Iraqi parliament's 'peaceful coexistence' conference, saying talk produces no action 2016-02-09
Russian Orthodox bishops emphasize that doctrine cannot be changed 2016-02-09
Papal appeals for Syria, respect for human life from conception to natural death 2016-02-08
Maronite Patriarch sees Lebanon empty presidency pushing Lebanon toward collapse 2016-02-08
Patriarchs call for prayer, fasting for suffering Church in Syria, Iraq 2016-02-08
Pope, Russian Orthodox Patriarch schedule unpredecented meeting 2016-02-05
Leading Orthodox theologian: forthcoming council is ‘extraordinary and exceptional event’ 2016-02-04
Letter of His Beatitude Patriarch Gregorios III on the Occasion of Great and Holy Lent 2016 2016-02-01
Russians plunge into icy waters to celebrate Epiphany 2016-01-20
Oldest monastery in Iraq destroyed 2016-01-20
Serbian Orthodox delegation meets with Pope 2016-01-19
Patriarch laments plight of Syrian town whose residents are starving 2016-01-14
Ukrainian Catholic leader decries abortion, gender ideology 2016-01-13
Russian Orthodox official, dismissed in December shake-up, reports media blackout on his views 2016-01-13
Chaldean Patriarch encourages pre-Lenten fast for peace, security in Middle East 2016-01-12
‘Human stupidity’ is at heart of Middle East conflicts, says Coptic Orthodox leader 2016-01-12
Coptic pope issues encyclical; Egyptian leader attends Christmas liturgy 2016-01-08
Pope Francis establishes Syrian Catholic exarchate in Canada 2016-01-08
‘Russia comes first,’ says Serbian Orthodox leader 2016-01-07
Chaldean Catholic Church grows in California 2016-01-07
Syrian Catholic exarchate established in Canada 2016-01-07
Russian Orthodox Church will lose Ukrainian faithful, journalist predicts 2016-01-06
Moscow Patriarch Kirill issues Christmas message 2016-01-06
Kidnapped priest released in Syria 2016-01-05
Chaldean patriarchate welcomes liberation of Ramadi 2016-01-05
‘Global situation is disastrous,’ says Jerusalem patriarch 2016-01-05
Egyptian group charges Copts support anti-Islamic ideology 2016-01-04
Pope Francis erects new Syro Malankara Eparchy in USA, Canada 2016-01-04
Letter of His Beatitude Gregorios III Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, of Alexandria and of Jerusalem of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church on the occasion of the Feast of the Nativity - 25 December 2015 2015-12-15
Assembly of the Catholic Hierarchs in Syria: Closing Statement of November Meeting 2015-11-24
His Beatitude Patriarch Gregorios III (Laham) on Lebanese Independence Day 2015-11-22
Patriarch Gregorios III on the Paris Attacks of 13 November 2015 2015-11-15
Attack on Beirut’s Southern Suburbs 2015-11-15
EWTN to Provide Live Broadcast of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy to be celebrated by His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk 2015-11-13
The smallest church in Frankfurt 2015-11-12
“The Church is close to people” - Interview with Gregorios III Laham 2015-11-12
Exodus: Syrian Patriarch criticizes German asylum policy 2015-11-11
As Islamic State advances, Christians gather to defend town 2015-11-11
Orthodox prelate praises Russia's 'peacemaker' role in Syria 2015-11-10
37 kidnapped Christians released in Syria 2015-11-10
Maronite bishops decry proposed division of Syria 2015-11-10
Ecumenical Patriarch: ‘Creation care and ecological justice’ 2015-11-09
Islamic State threatens key Syrian Christian center; thousands flee 2015-11-06
Russian patriarch: don’t forget positive achievements of Lenin, Stalin eras 2015-11-05
Historic Shenandoah Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Being Renovated 2015-11-04
Orthodox, Anglican leaders pray for refugees, environment 2015-11-04
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow laments Halloween parties during national mourning 2015-11-04

Teachings of Christ

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

Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, drive away from me the spirit of despondency, carelessness, love of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)

Instead, grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humility, patience, and love. (Prostration)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not condemn my brother. For You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration)

 

Encounter

Rejoice, O Mother of God, Virgin full of grace. * From you has risen the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, * shining upon those who are in darkness. * Rejoice also, you righteous Elder; * for you received in your arms the Deliverer of our souls, * Who has given us resurrection. (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.

O Christ God, through Your birth You sanctified the Virgin's womb; * and blessed, as it was proper, the hands of Simeon. * Now, having come, you saved us. * Give peace to Your commonwealth in times of war * and strengthen our civil authorities, whom You have loved, O You who alone loves mankind. (Kontakion, Tone 1)

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)

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying, "You are mad; you are not like us."