Lament for the Fall of Constantinople

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Today marks the 561st anniversary, according to the new calendar, of the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks and thus ushering in of centuries of persecution and martyrdom for thousands of Orthodox Christians under the Turkish Yoke.

Greeks and Latins alike, crowded into the great church to pray together for their deliverance. Common fear and common danger worked more of a wonder than all the councils of the church. Orthodox bishops, priests and monks who had loudly protested that they would never again set foot in their cathedral until it had been purged of the Roman pollution, now came to the altar to join their Catholic brethren in the holy liturgy.

Among the celebrants was Cardinal Isidore, whom many of the faithful had branded a traitor and a heretic. The Emperor Constantine came to pray and to ask forgiveness and remission of his sins from every bishop present before receiving…

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VA’s IG Report Confirms 1,700 on Secret List

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Department of Veterans Affairs inspectors say they found an unofficial list of some 1,700 veterans who were waiting to get an appointment with a doctor at the VA Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, where whistleblowers allege up to 40 vets died before seeing a doctor.

VA Acting Inspector General Richard Griffin, in a preliminary report released on Wednesday, offered no indication that any deaths are linked to the secret wait list ….

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As reported by CBS,

… ‘While our work is not complete, we have substantiated that significant delays in access to care negatively impacted the quality of care at this medical facility,’ the report explained….

The IG’s preliminary review found ‘multiple types of scheduling practices that were not in compliance’ with the policies set by the agency. The report cited multiple lists separate from the official electronic waiting list for treatment, saying the additional lists…

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