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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
Lebanese Muslims issue declaration on religious freedom 2015-08-28
Ukrainian-Canadian Jesuit David Nazar appointed as a rector of the Pontifical Oriental Institute 2015-08-27
Mortar attacks on 2 Damascus churches 2015-08-27
Pope meets with Iraqi priest who ministers to refugees 2015-08-27
Iraqi government addresses plight of Baghdad’s Christians 2015-08-27
Damascus: two churches hit by mortar fire 2015-08-27
Patriarch Gregorios III: Appeal to Syria’s young people 2015-08-26
The Head of the UGCC: “Those who do not love their Motherland will always be strangers and exiles in this land” 2015-08-26
Priest: Christians share longing for Arab unity 2015-08-25
Islamic State destroys ancient monastery, desecrates saint’s tomb 2015-08-24
Papal appeal for peace in Ukraine 2015-08-24
UGCC is the only Church that preserved continuity of Kyivan tradition, Archbishop Ihor (Isichenko) says 2015-08-22
Prelate: Muslim refugees place future of Lebanon’s Christians in jeopardy 2015-08-22
After 4 decades, church reopens in Turkish-occupied Cyprus 2015-08-22
Vatican newspaper highlights Orthodox prelate’s reflections on marriage 2015-08-22
Egypt: Church spokesman praises, US criticizes new anti-terrorism legislation 2015-08-20
Kidnapped Syrian clergy are released 2015-08-18
Ukrainian Church emphasizes vibrant parishes 2015-08-18
Enthronement of new Armenian Catholic patriarch 2015-08-17
Danbury church destroyed by fire starts new chapter 2015-08-15
Orthodox leaders at odds on topics for proposed Pan-Orthodox Council 2015-08-14
Church in France to pray for persecuted Eastern Christians 2015-08-14
Jerusalem bishop urges pilgrimages to Holy Land 2015-08-14
Increasing fear among Syria’s Christians, says priest 2015-08-14
Soviet influence still haunts Ukraine, cardinal says 2015-08-14
Leading Russian Orthodox official: the ‘kingdom of freedom’ enslaves people 2015-08-13
Ukraine: Catholic, Orthodox leaders speak out against gay pride parade 2015-08-13
South Sudan’s Christian leaders renew plea for peace 2015-08-13
Islamic State releases 22 Christian hostages 2015-08-13
Iraqi archbishop: ‘our vibrant Church life is dissolving before our eyes’ 2015-08-13
Melkite Patriarchate opens cause for beatification and canonization of Boutros Wadih Kassab of Upper Egypt 2015-08-12
Syria: Christians kidnapped, in flight as Islamic State advances 2015-08-11
Bishop slain during Assyrian genocide declared a martyr 2015-08-11
Maronite bishops to lawmakers: elect president or Lebanon may collapse 2015-08-11
Melkite patriarch criticizes Western policies, vows to remain in Syria 2015-08-10
Cardinal Sandri inaugurates Greek Melkite Co-cathedral in Los Angeles 2015-08-09
‘Christ’s love transcends the evil committed by the Islamic State,’ says Iraqi prelate 2015-08-07
Europe should have compassion on Eritrean refugees, say priest, religious 2015-08-07
Video of Divine Liturgy celebrated at the 133rd Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus 2015-08-07
Pope Francis laments persecution of Middle East’s Christians 2015-08-07
Syrian, Iraqi prelates charge US discriminates against Christian refugees in visa process 2015-08-07
Iraqi Christian refugees fear Turkish bombing 2015-08-07
Serbian patriarch laments final battle of War of Croatian Independence 2015-08-07
New Armenian Catholic Patriarch was retired before election 2015-08-04
German Protestants deplore destruction of images 2015-07-31
Patriarch, Putin recall 1000th anniversary of St. Vladimir's death 2015-07-31
Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako: pray for Iraq's Christians on August 7 2015-07-30
Ukraine: Orthodox priest, nun are murder victims 2015-07-30
Protests over detention of Iraqi Christian refugees in San Diego 2015-07-30
President of Ukraine promotes single Orthodox Church 2015-07-29

Teachings of Christ

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God." (John 3:16-18 ESV)


The memory of the righteous is celebrated with hymns of praise, * but for you, O Forerunner, the Lord's testimony is enough, * for you were shown to be truly more honorable than the prophets, * in that you were deemed worthy to baptize in the currents the Lord whom you had proclaimed. * Wherefore, having struggled with joy for the truth, * even to those in Hades you proclaimed God, Who had appeared in flesh, * Who takes away the sin of the world * and grants us great mercy. (Troparion - Tone 2)

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

The glorious beheading of the Forerunner was part of God's divine plan * that he might proclaim the coming of the Savior even to those in Hades. * So let Herodius weep for having demanded a lawless murder; * for she loved neither God's Law nor eternal life,* but only this false and fleeting life. (Kontakion - Tone 2)

Random Proverb

"One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want." (Proverbs 11:24 ESV)

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

It is better to eat meat and drink wine and not to eat the flesh of one's brethren through slander.

Abba Hyperechius