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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
Vatican office has been supporting Eastern Catholics for 100 years 2017-08-18
Syriac Catholic patriarch laments US invasion of Iraq, Western aid to ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels 2017-08-17
All Are Called to Prayer during a Holy Pilgrimage on Sunday, August 27; Metropolitan Stefan to Lead Pilgrims at Assumption Church, Centralia, Pa. 2017-08-17
The US Department of State report on the religious situation in Ukraine in 2016 2017-08-17
Jerusalem: Greek Orthodox patriarch decries court decision on sale of Church properties 2017-08-16
Eastern Catholic patriarchs urge international action on genocide of Christians in Middle East 2017-08-15
Sheptytsky Institute grounded in freedom 2017-08-14
Sisters of St. Basil to Celebrate 83rd Annual Pilgrimage 2017-08-13
Vatican Bulletin From the Oriental Churches, 05.08.2017 2017-08-13
Date of Episcopal Ordination of Bishop-Elect Andriy Rabiy Announced 2017-08-12
Archeparchy of Philadelphia Welcomes Father Andriy Rabiy as new Auxiliary Bishop 2017-08-10
Appointment of eparchial bishop of Saint Peter Apostle of San Diego of the Chaldeans 2017-08-10
Appointment of apostolic administrator sede vacante of the eparchy of Mar Addai of Toronto of the Chaldeans 2017-08-10
Russian patriarch: Soviet persecution was ‘hardest page’ in Church’s history 2017-08-10
Papal trip to Russia in planning stage? 2017-08-09
Orthodox prelate protests sale of property in Jerusalem to Jewish settlers 2017-08-08
14.5 million Christians remain in Middle East 2017-08-04
Report: Vatican closed 8 churches in Baghdad 2017-08-04
Maronite bishops call for global plan to bring Syrian refugees home 2017-08-04
Lebanese bishops urge plans to help Syrian refugees return 2017-08-03
First-ever Christian woman elected as mayor of Iraqi town 2017-08-02
Patriarch sees youth festival as ‘restart’ of Church in Iraq 2017-08-02
2.5 million Russians venerated St. Nicholas’ relics; patriarch thanks Pope 2017-08-02
Leading Orthodox official: Western sanctions may help Russia 2017-07-27
Judge extends stay on deportation of Chaldean Catholics, other Iraqi nationals 2017-07-26
Ecumenical Patriarch recalls 50th anniversary of historic papal visit 2017-07-25
Russian Orthodox mission rededicated in Jerusalem 2017-07-21
Pope is ‘the voice of suffering Ukraine,’ leading Eastern prelate says 2017-07-21
Maronites to commemorate Eastern martyrs 2017-07-19
Lebanese Patriarch: refugees from Syria impose strain on country 2017-07-18
Egyptian Christians scale back plans for public celebrations amid security fears 2017-07-13
Joint Orthodox-Catholic commission concludes study of Blessed Stepinac 2017-07-13
Coptic Orthodox leader pledges church work for disabled 2017-07-13
Russian Byzantine Catholic Church: caught between the Vatican and Russian Orthodox 2017-07-13
Leading Russian Orthodox official clarifies remarks in praise of monarchy 2017-07-13
Maronite bishops worried by spread of weapons, seek government controls 2017-07-07
Turkey holds off on seizure of Orthodox properties 2017-07-07
Blog: Religion the most productive way to integrate Roma 2017-07-06
Syria’s Assad meets with Melkite Patriarch, seeks Christian support for national unity 2017-07-06
His Beatitude Sviatoslav in Chicago: "His Beatitude Lubomyr knew about the appointment of Bishop Venedykt, rejoiced and awaited this day" 2017-07-04
Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael regrets emigration of Iraqi Christians 2017-07-04
New Publication: Pastoral Letters of Patriarch Gregorios III 2017-07-04
The Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma held Eparchial Youth Days 2017-06-30
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, in letter to Pope, highlights persecution of Christians 2017-06-30
Pope greets delegation from Ecumenical Patriarch 2017-06-27
Bishop Milan Lach, S.J., appointed Apostolic Administrator of the Eparchy of Parma 2017-06-24
Patriarch to consecrate Lebanon, Middle East to the Immaculate Heart of Mary 2017-06-23
Federal court blocks deportation of Iraqi Christians 2017-06-23
Concession of the “Ecclesiastica Communio” to the new Patriarch of Antioch of the Greek Melkites, His Beatitude Youssef Absi, 22.06.2017 2017-06-23
Pope recognizes ‘heroism’ of Eastern Catholic churches 2017-06-22

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)


You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God, * showing Your glory to Your Disciples as far as they were able to bear it. * Through the prayers of the Mother of God, * let Your everlasting Light shine also upon us sinners. * O Giver of Light, glory to You! (Troparion, Tone 7)

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

Upon the mountain You were transfigured, O Christ God, * and Your Disciples beheld Your glory as far as they could receive it, * so that when they would see You crucified, * they would understand that You suffered willingly; * and they would preach to the world * that You are truly the radiance of the Father. (Kontakion, Tone 7)


O Mother of God, in giving birth you preserved virginity; * and in falling asleep you did not forsake the world. * You are the Mother of Life and have been transferred to life, * and through your prayers you deliver our souls from death. (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.

Neither the tomb nor death could detain the Mother of God, * who is unsleeping in her prayers and our unfailing hope in her intercession; * for He Who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb, * transferred to Life the Mother of Life. (Kontakion - Tone 2)

Random Proverb

"My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live." (Proverbs 7:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The man who follows Christ in solitary mourning is greater than he who praises Christ amid the congregation of men. 

St. Isaac the Syrian