On August 20, 2011, His Beatitude Ignatios IV, Patriarch of Great Antioch and All the East, received in audience Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, who came to Syria for a working visit with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. In a warm and cordial talk, which took place at the Patriarchate of Antioch, they discussed the bilateral relations between the two Patriarchates and some topical problems concerning the life of Universal Orthodoxy.
With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, a Russian Orthodox Church delegation led by Archbishop Mark of Yegorievsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s office for institutions abroad, visited the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea for celebrations marking the 5th anniversary of the consecration of the Trinity Church in Pyongyang.
Russian state and Russian Orthodox Church began a cooperative project of building of the 200 new churches in Moscow, says the website Orthodoxy and the World. This is the largest joint venture in Russia's recent history.
The preparation of documentation, determination of construction sites, construction coordination and regulation of methods of financing the construction are in progress. To run this project, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has appointed Bishop Tikhon of Podole, who is also the president of the Financial Administration of the Moscow Patriarchate.
More than thousand Greeks, mostly from Europe and America, whose ancestors after the First World War were driven out of Turkey from the Asia Minor's region of Pontus, are on the way to an ancient monastery of "Theotokos of Sumela", where Patriarch Bartolomew will serve on Monday the liturgy on the feast day of the Dormition of the Theotokos according to the new calendar.
On August 9, Metropolitan Georgios of Accra (Patriarchate of Alexandria) made a pastoral visit to the parishes of eastern Ghana. He visited the Churches of the Apostle Mark, St. Macrina, Apostle Andrew the First Called, Martyr Triphon, the Annunciation of the Theotokos, and the Apostle Peter.
In the Church of the Nativity of Christ in the village of Dvakha, Metropolitan Georgios performed a mass baptism. Then he met with the local tribal chiefs and discussed matters of current importance to the region, including the need to build schools and hospitals, reports Amen.gr.
The Synodal information department has created a sub-department for the correction of mistakes made in the media on subjects regarding the activities of the Russian Orthodox Church, the website of the Moscow Patriarchate, Patriarchia.ru, has stated.
The department's main duty will be to continually gather the most typical and widespread mistakes found in the media as it reports on Orthodox themes. Using this instrument, the Synodal information department plans to work out a unified standard in the Church for the use of Orthodox, ecclesiastical, and theological terms in the media.