His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel of the Romanian Orthodox Church again consecrated the orthodox church in Bucharest, in the municipality of Colentina, devoted to St. Dimitry the Great Martyr. This event happened after the restoration of the church, both inside and outside, which had lasted for 12 years. Then Patriarch along with priests and deacons served the Holy Liturgy in the presence of thousands of believers.
The Russian Orthodox Church is preparing for a reform of its liturgical language, and a draft document on the role of Church Slavonic in modern church life has been circulated among dioceses and is available for discussion on the internet.
"Church Slavonic is a very important means to keep unity and traditions inside the Church. But on the other hand, understanding of liturgical texts written in Church Slavonic may be simplified," a senior Church official, Archimandrite Kirill, said on Monday.
His Holiness Patriarch Kyrril of Moscow and All Russia came on July 26, 2011 in an official visit to Ukraine. On Tuesday afternoon the Head of the Russian Orthodox Church met with the President of Ukraine Mr. V. F. Yanukovich in the presidential summer residence in Crimea. In the evening His Holiness arrive in Kiev.
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill urged European religious leaders to make collective efforts to pursue the revival of Christianity within the continent.
"The Russian Orthodox Church proposes that European Christian communities unite to become partners of the states and European civil community in pursuing the revival of tangible connection between the human rights concept and the pan-European spiritual heritage," the Patriarch said at the Moscow meeting of the European Council of Religious Leaders.
According to him, only economic and political ties in Europe cannot be "a sustainable basis for the well-being of European community" and existing social values of human rights and rule of law and democracy may remain just "the forms which are unlikely to benefit in the conditions of moral relativism and sometimes may even cause harm."
On July 17, 2011, the commemoration day of the Holy Royal Passion-bearers, Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the church of Our Lady the Joy to All the Afflicted in Moscow. He was assisted by the parish clergy and ordained staff members of the DECR. Among his concelebrants was also Rev. Dionisy Kazantsev, rector of the church of St. John the Theologian in Campina das Missioes, Brazil.