On July 22, 2012, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti at the official Patriarchal and Synodal Residence at the St. Daniel Monastery in Moscow. Mr Monti is on his first official visit to the Russian Federation.
Diocese of Australia and New Zealand of the Russian Church Outside Russia opens an Orthodox mission in Pakistan19. July 2012 - 8:24
The Russian Church Outside Russian has opened a mission in Pakistan. Consisting of 175 people, ‘the community is rapidly developing and attracting attention of those who are interested and who seek the faith of Christ in Pakistan’, stated the message of the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Outside Russia, Metropolitan Hilarion of East America and New York, published on the Church’s official website.
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!