The Istanbul Municipality and the provincial administration have joined efforts to restore the Bulgarian "St. Stefan" church.
According to Hurriyet Daily News, "the parts of the church that have become dirty and sooty will be cleaned thoroughly with detergent water, while the missing ornaments on the façade will be replicated using original material. The crooked parts of the roof will also be renewed."
The Israeli authorities have opened free access to for tourists and pilgrims to the place on the Jordan River at Kasr Al-Yahud, a site sacred to Christians all over the world, where, according to the Gospels, our Lord Jesus Christ was baptized.
Previously, special permission and agreements were required from the military in order to visit the site of Christ's baptism. This will no longer be necessary.
On the initiative of the students of the Georgian Technical University, six construction teams which consist of the students this summer will participate in a restoration of ancient monasteries of the Georgian Church: Lasuriashi,Lasuriashi, Tsageri, Abastumani, Tetritskaro and Manglisi. The sponsor is the Georgian State University.
The Holy Synod of the Georgian Orthodox Church canonized Catholicos Patriarch Anthony II of Georgia. The date of his prayerful remembrance will be December 21 (January 3 according to Julian Calendar). Patriarch Anthony (Bagrationi 1762-1827) finished the Seminary in Tbilisi where he also became a monk 1782. In the presence of the Russian empress Catherine II, in 1784 in Tsarskoye Selo he was chirotonized as the Bishop of Ninotsmindski and in 1788 after the death of Catholicos-Patriarch Anthony I of All Georgia, he was elected as the new Patriarch when he was 25. He was buried in the Annunciation Church in Nizhny Novgorod. (
On Friday, July 15, 2011, by invitation of the Moscow Historical Enlightenment Society “Russian America,” Archimandrite Zacchaeus, Representative of the Orthodox Church in America to the Moscow Patriarchate, participated in events held in honor of the 270th Anniversary of the discovery of Russian America (Alaska) by Navigator-Explorers V.I. Bering and A.I. Chirikov.