On 15 July 2012, after celebrating the Divine Liturgy in the memorial Church of the Resurrection of Christ in Katyn, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia visited the Katyn memorial.The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church officiated at the memorial service at the Alley of Memory, praying for all those innocent people who had been shot to death in Katyn.
The Alley of Memory unites the Russian and the Polish parts of the memorial complex. His Holiness Patriarch Kirill visited them after the service and laid flowers to the memorials.
The Heir to the throne of Georgia and the head of the oldest Orthodox royal dinasty in the world, His Royal Highness Prince Davit Bagrationi-Moukhraneli Batonshvilli of Georgia bestowed upon His Eminence Metropolitan of East America and New York, the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad and Archbishop of Australia-New Zealand kyr kyr Hilarion, the highest distinction of the eminent dinasty - the Royal order of the Eagle of Georgia.
By decision of the Holy Synod, saints recently glorified by the Serbian Orthodox Church will be included in the menalogion of the Russian Orthodox Church.The twentieth century was a time of testing of faith for the Serbian Church, as it was for the Russian Church. The lives of monastic saints and martyrs glorifiedby the Serbian Church in 2010 are evidence of this, reports Tserkovnyi Vestnik [Church Herald].
On Monday, July 9, 2012, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah and the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops met via conference call to further discuss His Beatitude’s resignation, as reported earlier on the web site of the Orthodox Church in America.
The hierarchs issued the following statement at the conclusion of their meeting.
“To the Venerable Clergy, Devout Monastics, and Pious Faithful of the Orthodox Church in America:
“Beloved in Christ, Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever!
His Beatitude address of welcome to H.E. Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin on the occasion of his visit to the baptism site Jordan10. July 2012 - 12:43
Address of Welcome to His Excellency Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, President of the Russian Federation on the Occasion of his Visit to the Baptism Site Jordan.
Esteemed Vladimir Vladimirovich,
Your Royal Highness,
Dear distinguished guest,
We welcome you, Your Excellency, to this Holy Site where Our Lord Jesus Christ received baptism at the hands of the Holy Forerunner John the Baptist. From the earliest days of the life of the Church, pilgrims have come here, as you have done today, not simply to commemorate the event of Our Lord’s baptism, but also to re commit themselves to their own spiritual renewal.