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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.

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Leading Russian Orthodox official laments persecution, says ‘Islamic terrorism’ does not exist 2017-02-23
Vatican calls for adherence to ceasefire in Ukraine 2017-02-22
Egypt: road planned through ancient monastery’s land 2017-02-22
Flames of Faith 2017-02-20
Syrian Orthodox Church weighs special synod to address Patriarch’s gesture of respect for Qu’ran 2017-02-20
Pope prays for victims of violence in Congo, Pakistan, Iraq 2017-02-20
Pope recalls Saints Cyril and Methodius 2017-02-16
Historic cathedral transferred back to Russian Orthodox Church 2017-02-16
Syrian Orthodox bishops assail Patriarch for reverencing Qu’ran 2017-02-15
Cardinal Kurt Koch proposes to set up a commission to reconcile the UGCC and ROC 2017-02-14
Russian Orthodox clerics sees joint effort with Catholic Church to help persecuted Christians 2017-02-14
Georgian Orthodox priest accused in plot to poison Patriarch 2017-02-14
Leading Russian Orthodox official speaks of Ukrainian Catholics’ ‘enmity and hatred’ 2017-02-14
USCCB: prelates express solidarity with Middle East’s Christians, other religious minorities 2017-02-14
Cardinal Nichols raps UK restriction on Syrian refugees 2017-02-13
Fresh signs of life at Markham's Cathedral of the Transfiguration 2017-02-11
The Head of UGCC, "the Moscow Patriarchate has never been a universal arbiter even in the Orthodox world" 2017-02-11
Aleppo described as ‘post-apocalyptic’ 2017-02-11
Head of UGCC thanked Apostolic nuncio to Ukraine: “All over this rough time His Holiness supports people who suffer” 2017-02-08
Hungarian government gives grant to Russian churches 2017-02-08
Fight corruption, Romanian Orthodox Church urges 2017-02-08
Iraqi prelate: foreign troops, sectarian militias could endanger Iraq’s future 2017-02-06
Head of the UGCC will attend the reburial of Bishop Ivan (Marhitych) in Zakarpattya 2017-02-03
Leading Russian Orthodox official hopes Trump’s policies will help persecuted Christians 2017-02-03
Ukraine’s bishops urge prayers for peace 2017-02-03
Iraqi archbishop welcomes Trump order to help religious minorities 2017-02-03
Ukrainian Catholic leader meets with families of slain protestors 2017-02-03
Iraqi archbishop’s US visit postponed because of executive order 2017-02-03
Iraqi patriarch: Trump executive order harms the Middle East’s Christians 2017-02-01
Vatican envoy: Aleppo’s Christians are strong, hopeful for the future 2017-02-01
The Head of UGCC on the Feast of the Epiphany: "To realize our own dignity – is already a revolution" 2017-01-30
Chaldean Patriarch visits towns liberated from Islamic State 2017-01-30
Byzantine Catholic faithful bless Susquehanna River during service 2017-01-30
Shared suffering should bring Christians closer together, Pope tells ecumenical commission 2017-01-27
Iraqi patriarch: inciting violence against other religions should be a crime 2017-01-25
Catholic, Orthodox prelates discuss terrorism and Islam 2017-01-20
USCCB awards $2.3M to projects in Eastern Europe 2017-01-20
Syrian Catholic Archbishop: Iraqi Christians don’t want ‘humanitarian corridor’ 2017-01-18
Group has spent $45M to aid Middle East’s persecuted Christians 2017-01-17
Authorized representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Kyiv Patriarchate in search for solutions to Ukrainian Orthodoxy issue in Istanbul 2017-01-16
Russian cathedral, converted to ‘museum of atheism,’ returning to religious use 2017-01-13
Syrian prelate urges West to end sanctions and support for rebels 2017-01-12
Patriarch Kirill grateful for ‘resurrection of faith’ since Communism’s fall 2017-01-12
In Ethiopia, Church works against genital mutilation 2017-01-11
Egypt: Muslim leader visits Coptic cathedral 2017-01-11
Belarus may ban religious symbols in medical settings 2017-01-11
Egyptian President unveils plans for Coptic cathedral in Cairo 2017-01-10
President Obama offers Christmas greetings to Orthodox Christians 2017-01-10
Eastern Christian Publications Announces New and Featured Books and Videos 2017-01-07
Pastoral Message of the Ukrainian Catholic Hierarchy of the U.S.A. to our Clergy, Hieromonks and Brothers, Religious Sisters, Seminarians and Beloved Faithful 2017-01-05

Teachings of Christ

“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14 ESV)

A LIght to Enlighten

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 lose sight of these — keep sound wisdom and discretion, and they will be life for your soul." (Proverbs 3:21,22a ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The "principal characteristics" of the zealot according to knowledge are the following: "fervent love for God and neighbor, gentleness, religious tolerance, forbearance, graciousness of manner."