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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
Patriarch Ignatius laments plight of Syriac Catholics 2014-10-14
Syrian priest faces trial before Islamic court 2014-10-13
Educational Resources 2014-10-13
In Uzhgorod Theological Academy and students of the UOC (MP) and the UOC-KP will study together 2014-10-10
Patriarch Kirill pays tribute to Putin 2014-10-10
Patriarch criticizes bishop’s efforts to bring Iraqi refugees to US 2014-10-10
Iraqi priest declines safety in Rome for parish in line of Islamic State offensive 2014-10-09
Syrian priest freed by kidnappers, consigned to 'house arrest' by Islamic faction 2014-10-09
Arab bishops back use of ‘proportionate force’ to protect minorities 2014-10-09
Priest kidnapped in Syria had asked Islamic court for protection 2014-10-08
Chaldean patriarch calls on Muslims to denounce violence against Christians 2014-10-08
Priest and parishioners kidnapped in northern Syria 2014-10-07
New Jersey nun beatified 2014-10-06
Papal envoys to Middle East briefed on Vatican policies 2014-10-03
Greetings of His Beatitude Patriarch Gregorios III: Blessed Eid ul Adha 1435 AH 2014-10-07
Patriarch Gregorios III: The Church of Damascus praying and fasting 2014-10-07
Pope calls cardinals to a consistory to discuss Middle East 2014-10-07
Fighting continues despite truce in eastern Ukraine 2014-10-03
UGCC Bishop Dziurakh: Despite efforts of Moscow Patriarchate, ecumenical dialogue goes forward 2014-10-03
Moscow Patriarchate accuses Ukrainian Catholics of inciting violence against the Orthodox 2014-10-03
Islamic State destroys early medieval church 2014-10-03
Vatican summons envoys to Middle East for special meeting 2014-10-02
Eparchy of Newton Fall Schedule of Online Religious Education 2014-10-01
The Pope to the Catholicos Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East: there is no religious, political or economic justification for the condition of thousands of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria 2014-10-02
Council of Trent declined to condemn Orthodox view on remarriage, Jesuit journal says 2014-10-02
Pope Francis: Christ suffers today in the Middle East’s persecuted Christians 2014-10-02
Armenian church seeks return of ancient land from Turkey 2014-10-02
Iraqi prelate asks Muslim leaders to condemn terrorism 2014-09-30
Violence in Egyptian village following disappearance of Christian woman 2014-09-30
Iraqi Patriarch raps American policies 2014-09-29
Jordan’s king denounces violence against Christians 2014-09-26
Coptic Christians targeted for kidnapping in Egypt 2013-09-26
Vatican cardinal optimistic that Orthodox-Catholic commission will reach accord 2014-09-25
Russian actions destabilize Ukraine, harm Catholic Church, reports papal nuncio 2014-09-24
Patriarch reprimands priests who have left Iraq without permission 2014-09-24
Orthodox-Catholic theological commission fails to reach accord on synod, primacy 2014-09-23
His Beatitude Sviatoslav: "It is our and your fight for freedom!" 2014-09-23
Russian Orthodox spokesman renews complaints about Ukrainian Catholic Church 2014-09-22
Patriarch Gregorios III: Reflections on the anti-takfiri coalition 2014-09-23
Pope lauds Albania’s Christians for fidelity amid persecution 2014-09-22
Albania seen by Pope as example of coexistence; a No to religious violence 2014-09-22
Audience with the president of Armenia: special attention to Christian communities and other religious minorities, and to refugees in conflict zones 2014-09-22
Iraq: bishop, residents return to town as Kurdish forces advance 2014-09-20
Patriarch Gregorios III Announces Initiative for Peace in Syria 2014-09-20
His Beatitude Sviatoslav arrived in Australia for a pastoral visit 2014-09-19
Cardinal Dolan urges U.S. Catholics to respond to the pleas of Ukraine’s Greek Catholic bishops 2014-09-18
Synodal letter to the faithful of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church and to all people of good will regardings the social and political situation in Ukraine of the eve of parlamentary elections 2014-09-18
Russian government announces joint art exhibition with Vatican 2014-09-18
Focus on aiding victims of violence, not arming rebels, says Caritas leader 2014-09-18
Church leaders in Middle East call for UN intervention to defeat Islamic State 2014-09-18

Exaltaton of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance. * Grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect your people by Your Cross. (Troparion)

Willing raised upon the Cross, O Christ God, * You bestow Your mercies upon a new people who are called by Your Name. *  May Your Church rejoice in Your strength. * Give her victory over every enemy. * May she have Your help as the weapon of peace, * the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion)

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Demons often transform themselves into angels of light and take the form of martyrs, and make it appear to us during sleep that we are in communication with them. Then, when we wake up, they plunge us into unholy joy and conceit. But you can detect their deceit by this very fact. For angles reveal torments, judgments and separations; and when we wake up we find that we are trembling and sad. As soon as we begin to believe the demons in dreams, then they make sport of us when we are awake too. He who believes in dreams is completely inexperienced. 'But he who distrusts all dreams is a wise man. Only believe dreams that warn you of torments and judgments. But if despair afflicts you, then such dreams are also from demons.

St. John Climacus, The Ladder of Divine Ascent