In a move some expected but many prayed would not happen, the Moscow Patriarchate (MP) of the Russian Orthodox Church has severed communal ties with the Ecumenical Patriarchate (EP) of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, the ostensibly symbolic leader of the worldwide Eastern Orthodox Church. What this means in practice is that those under the omophorion of Russian Orthodox hierarchs, including its autonomous local churches in Ukraine and the United States, cannot receive sacraments, including Holy Communion, from any Orthodox cleric or bishop operating under the umbrella of the EP.
We have once again arrived at this special time of the year devoted by Holy Mother Church to the holy souls in purgatory.
In Fatima, Portugal, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared seven times to three shepherd children, Francisco, Lucia and Jacinta, between May 13 and October 13, 1917.
On the occasion of the Synod of Bishops on Young People, on Sunday 14th October, 2018, Pope Francis will proceed with the canonisation of Pope Paul VI.
By exalting the divine maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Church celebrates the most perfect of Mothers, the model for all mothers.