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.
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 this day, 1561, the construction of the the Cathedral of the Protection of Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat, known also as the cathedral of St. Basil the Blessed was finished. The Cathedral, built on the order of tzar Ivan the Terrible, was a witness of many great historical changes in Russia and remained a symbol of the Russian capital. 450 years agon, on this day the St. Basil's Cathedral was consecrated, erected on the order of tzar Ivan the Terrible to commemorate the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan. According to the legend, tzar ordered to dig out eyes of the constructors of the cathedral, Borma and Postnik, so they could never build such a beautiful temple.
3rd July Orthodox Church community in Sydney, which split from the Patriarchate of Constantinople Australian Archdiocese, and which for years was under the jurisdiction of the schismatic so called "Old Calendarists" church of true Orthodox Christians," has decided to return to the bosom of the Mother-Church. For that 78.5% parishioners voted , reported web portal Amen.
On the celebration regarding 40 years since the enthronement of His Holiness Patriarch Maksim of Bulgaria, the Serbian Orthodox Church was represented by His Beatitude Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje kyr kyr Jovan.
The All Orthodox Bishopric conference for the British Isles was founded on June 21, 2010 on the founding assembly in London and it consisted of all canonical diocesan bishops of the Orthodox Churches under which jurisdiction are Great Britain and Ireland. Sinde then, this conference meets two times a year, and within the same there are three chambers: theologic, shepard and educational in which questions of life and the mission of the Orthodox Church on the British Isles is are discussed.