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Source: Kathimerini Cyprus Elena Frantzi’s foster dad priest defrocked by Holy Synod after public outcry following her death The Holy Synod [of the Orthodox Church of Cyprus] decided unanimously on Wednesday to defrock the priest who was convicted in 2015 for sexually assaulting Elena Frantzi, the 29-year-old woman whose recent death shocked the public and left church and state scramble for answers. The decision was taken unanimously by the 18 members of the Holy Synod, after the case against the priest of Tamasos and Orinis was brought back by the bishop of that diocese. The priest served 18 months in…

Source: The National Herald SOUTH CHARLOTTE, NC – Rev. Steve Dalber, Presiding Priest of St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church in South Charlotte, NC was brutally attacked by 17-year-old William Wyatt McCloskey on February 9 in the parking lot of the church, where he was looking for his cell phone. According to police, McCloskey punched the priest and then struck him with his vehicle, causing serious injury. The priest suffered a broken arm and back injuries and was hospitalized. St. Nektarios posted on its website: “Fr. Steve is still hospitalized. He has been undergoing tests today and is resting comfortably. Shortly…

Source: The National Herald by Theodoros Kalmoukos MILWAUKEE, WI – Rev. John Ketchum, priest of the Annunciation Church in Milwaukee, WI, excommunicated Parish Council Treasurer Patricia Galanis at the beginning of Holy Week, on April 8, the Saturday of Lazarus, for reasons, he said, of “disobedience to the Ecclesiastical Authority, the priest of the parish.” Galanis is the wife of former AHEPA Supreme President John Galanis. The parish is upset and nine of the fifteen members of the parish council including the president, Dr. Clemens Stoeckl, have resigned collectively. The situation was more painful for the entire parish because the excommunication…

Source: The Day By Ann Baldelli There was little ordinary about the Rev. Matthew Baker, so it’s understandable that the reaction to the 37-year-old pastor’s untimely death is extraordinary, too. Hundreds of people, some from across the country and others from around the world, are expected to converge in Norwich tonight for the wake and again in Cranston, R.I., Saturday for the funeral of the 37-year-old Baker, the newly appointed pastor of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Norwich. Just six weeks into his first stint as a Greek Orthodox pastor, Baker was killed Sunday when he was ejected from his…

Source: Greek Orthodox Christians for Truth and Reform A LETTER TO ONE OF OUR EDITORS FROM A GREEK ORTHODOX PRIEST Dear Editor, I miss Archbishop Iakovos dearly. As a Priest of 30 years, I feel compelled to write this, albeit with some degree of anonymity to protect myself (even though I have fully disclosed who I am to you). This is my confession that I feel most sorrowful for. The poor leadership that our GOA is plagued with is a multi-faceted problem that has its roots from the Seminary. The Church is suffering. If you don’t realize we are, you…

Source: The Arab Source by LEITH FADEL Yesterday, an Antiochian Orthodox priest was kidnapped by Jabhat Al-Nusra from his monastery outside of the west Idlib city of Jisr Al-Shughour. Sources in the area confirmed the kidnapping of Father Hanna Moussa of Qanaya from the St. Joseph Monastery by members of the Al-Qaeda linked terrorist organization, following his morning prayers in the predominately Christian village. Like many of the villagers of Qanaya, Father Hanna refused to leave the village he spent much of his life in, despite threats from Syrian Opposition forces. Father Hanna was not the only civilian to be kidnapped…