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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
Attack on Catholic church in Aleppo 2016-09-23
Chaldean synod begins and ends 2016-09-23
Russian Orthodox official renews criticism of Ukrainian Catholics 2016-09-20
Russian Orthodox official: Eastern Catholics are obstacles to ecumenical unity 2016-09-19
Pope receives leading Russian Orthodox official 2016-09-16
Catholic-Orthodox dialogue focuses on synodality, primacy 2016-09-16
Patriarch Louis Raphael I: remove mines from Nineveh Plain 2016-09-16
New motu proprio on harmonizing codes of canon law: full English translation 2016-09-16
Mideast Christian leaders to explain plight to international community 2016-09-13
Patriarch Gregorios III sends greetings to Muslims for Eid ul-Adha 2016-09-09
Ukrainians present to Patriarch Bartholomew Petition for Autocephay for Orthodox Church in Ukraine 2016-09-09
Papal message to conference on Orthodoxy, martyrdom 2016-09-09
Speech of Patriarch Gregorios III to the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church 2016-09-08
Solidarity between Christians in the Middle East and Ukraine in a time of conflict and crisis 2016-09-08
Ecumenical Patriarch denies involvement in Turkish coup attempt 2016-09-08
Egypt, Coptic Orthodox Church agree to new law on church construction 2016-08-30
Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I calls upon Muslims to repudiate ISIS 2016-08-30
Pope appeals for peace in Ukraine 2016-08-25
Syria's Christian leaders urge end to international sanctions 2016-08-24
Bishop Richard Stephen (Seminack) of Chicago Falls Asleep in the Lord 2016-08-18
New Biographic Sketch Published on Patriarch Maximos III Mazlum 2016-08-15
Travels of Patriarch Gregorios III (Summer 2016) 2016-08-15
Russian Patriarch Kirill: no contradiction between religion, science 2016-08-11
Constantinople denies plan to create new Orthodox jurisdiction in Ukraine 2016-08-10
Coptic Orthodox leader distances himself from demonstrations in US 2016-08-10
Chaldean prelate looks forward to rebuilding Iraq after defeat of Islamic State 2016-08-05
Syriac Patriarch Ignatius III raps Western indifference to persecution of Christians in Middle East 2016-08-04
Moscow rips Ukrainian Catholic Church; Constantinople differs 2016-08-04
Syrian bishop: 'moderate' Syrian rebel force does not exist 2016-08-01
Patriarch Gregorios III: Call to Prayer and Fasting for the Dormition 2016-07-29
Syriac Catholic patriarch decries actions of Western leaders, European prelates 2016-07-28
Coptic Pope suspends audience as religious strife escalates in Egypt 2016-07-25
Syria: patriarch blasts Western efforts to remove Assad 2016-07-22
Bishop: Turkey’s Catholics are safe because they stay out of politics 2016-07-22
Orthodox Patriarch left Turkey just before coup, sparking rumors 2016-07-20
Rebel rockets rain down on Christian quarter in Aleppo 2016-07-20
Patriarch Bartholomew foresees significant ecumenical progress in coming years 2016-07-20
Russian Orthodox Church: recent council in Crete was ‘important’ but ‘not pan-Orthodox’ 2016-07-19
Iraqi bishop laments conditions in refugee camps 2016-07-18
“Russia should realize: war will be equally terrible for everyone,” Liubomyr (Husar) 2016-07-13
Joint Orthodox-Catholic commission begins study on Cardinal Stepanic 2016-07-13
Ukraine made its choice in favor of European family of nations as early as in Prince Volodymyr’s times - Patriarch Sviatoslav 2016-07-13
Cardinal suggests new meeting between Pope, Russian patriarch 2016-07-13
Church halts all non-sacramental activities in besieged Syrian city 2016-07-13
Prelate: non-Catholic Armenians see Pope as ‘true universal pastor’ 2016-07-11
Interview with Syrian Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III 2016-07-08
‘SAVE MY PEOPLE’ - An interview with a Chaldean Catholic priest from Iraq 2016-07-07
Maronite Patriarch: don’t encourage Christians to leave the Middle East 2016-07-07
Coptic nun killed by stray bullet in shoot-out in Egypt 2016-07-06
First Muslim call to prayer inside Hagia Sophia since 1931 2016-07-05

Teachings of Christ

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43-44 ESV)

The Weapon of Peace

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (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.

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion, Tone 4)

Random Proverb

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. (Proverbs 3:9,10 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Monasticism itself is a perpetual labor of conquering passions and uprooting them in order that, being in a pure and immaculate state, one may preserve oneself before the face of God. This, then, is your task! Give your attention to it, and direct all your powers towards it.

St. Theophan the Recluse