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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
Knights of Columbus supreme convention hears about Ukraine 2014-09-01
In response to anguished letter, Pope calls Iraqi priest 2014-09-01
Patriarchial Encyclical for the Ecclesiastical New Year 2014-09-01
Patriarchs challenge Islamic officials, world leaders to take action against terrorists 2014-08-30
Movie about Cardinal Husar and His Classmates to Be Released in September 2014-08-29
Vatican prelate: world must act to defend, help Iraq’s Christians 2014-08-29
Iraqi prelate holds US responsible for plight of Christians 2014-08-28
Islamic State’s control of Syrian territory marked by crucifixions, amputations 2014-08-28
German bishops on Middle East: nations must act to prevent genocide 2014-08-28
Russian patriarch offers condolences to Pope Francis 2014-08-28
Russia, Moscow patriarchate spreading 'misinformation' about Ukraine, Catholic prelate charges 2014-08-27
Eastern Church leaders in summit, hoping to save Christian presence in Iraq, Syria 2014-08-28
Egypt: a year after attacks, Coptic Christians worship atop church ruins 2014-08-27
Historic visit of 5 patriarchs to Iraq’s persecuted Christians: full text of remarks 2014-08-27
Pope's special Iraq envoy heads next for Washington 2014-08-26
Vatican official, Syrian prelate call for international force to block Islamic State 2014-08-26
Report: Christian refugees seek mass exodus from Iraq 2014-08-26
Ukraine: leading prelate honors ‘Heavenly Hundred’ protestors 2014-08-26
Violence in Iraq is not simply Islam vs. Christianity, says Vatican Secretary of State 2014-08-25
Pope calls for prayers for Ukraine 2014-08-25
Iraq: patriarch appeals to ‘conscience of the world,’ says US actions, Muslim leaders’ words not sufficient 2014-08-25
Ukrainian Catholic leader blasts Russian Orthodox statements, says Church is being oppressed 2014-08-22
Pope’s special envoy returns from Iraq, testifies to ‘extraordinary faith’ of nation’s Christians 2014-08-22
Jerusalem patriarch calls for international intervention in Gaza 2014-08-22
Pope will mark 100th anniversary of Armenian genocide 2014-08-21
Syro-Malabar Church changes policy on bishops' burial 2014-08-21
Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga sends message of solidarity to Iraqi Christians 2014-08-21
Papal envoy: all should be concerned with Iraqi Christian refugees 2014-08-21
Church is experiencing ‘a martyrdom’ in eastern Ukraine, says leading prelate 2014-08-21
Patriarchs ask international community to protect Iraqi Christians 2014-08-21
Jewish leader: indifference to slaughter of Christians is 'obscene' 2014-08-20
Lebanese prelate would make common cause with Hezbollah against Islamic state 2014-08-23
Kurdish leader offers to arm Christian refugees 2014-08-20
Ukraine: pro-Russian separatists occupy monastery 2014-08-20
Some Iraqi refugees ‘at great risk’ of death 2014-08-20
Russian patriarch: Ukrainian Catholics want to ‘eradicate Orthodoxy’ 2014-08-19
New report of Islamic State atrocities 2014-08-19
Pope approves military action in Iraq, but not unilateral US bombing 2014-08-18
New Orthodox leader voices support for 'unified Ukraine' 2014-08-18
Pope's envoy, Chaldean Patriarch beg international help for Iraqi Christians 2014-08-18
Christian refugees dying in Iraq 2014-08-14
Statement by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the Present Violence in Iraq 2014-08-13
Pope urges United Nations to act in Iraq 2014-08-13
Patriarch pleads with US, EU, Arab League: clear jihadists from the Nineveh plain 2014-08-13
Ukrainian Orthodox Church elects new leader in time of crisis 2014-08-13
Bishop discusses situation of Church in Crimea 2014-08-13
Church leaders in Ukraine welcomes sanctions against Russia, say Christians must defend their nation 2014-08-12
CRS report on situation in Gaza 2014-08-12
Iraq: Chaldean patriarch meets with leading Shiite cleric 2014-08-12
Lebanese bishops back efforts against terrorism 2014-08-11

Troparion of the Transfiguration

You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God, * revealing as much of Your glory to Your Disciples as they could behold. * Through the prayers of the Mother of God, * let Your everlasting Light also shine upon us sinners. * O Giver of Light, glory to You. (August 6th)

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

BROTHER: What is purity of soul?

OLD MAN: Remoteness from anger and from the error of the remembrance of evil things, and being weaned from the bitter nature, and reconciliation with our enemies, and peace which is beyond troubling, and simplicity of love which is above this world; with these things is the inner man cleansed, and he puts on Christ and is redeemed.

E. A. Wallis Budge, "The Paradise of the Holy Fathers"