Author: Melanie Jula Sakoda

Yesterday was the sixth anniversary of Scott Nevin’s tragic suicide. The former monk killed himself just outside of Saint Anthony Greek Orthodox Monastery in Florence, Arizona. Cappy and I extend our deepest sympathy to Scott’s family and friends. May they find comfort in their unimaginable grief. Sadly, nothing has changed last year’s anniversary. What appears […]

Author: Associated Press

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — The Texas student charged in the school shooting at Santa Fe High School described planning the attack in private journals, including a plan to kill himself, posted an image on Facebook of a “Born to Kill” shirt and used his father’s shotgun and pistol in the rampage that left 10 […]

Author: William Wan, Abigail Hauslohner and Stephanie Kuzydym

He had no run-ins with police, was an honor roll student and had been praised for his defensive work on the junior varsity football team. Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, projected a nondescript demeanor, a quiet loner who regularly wore a trench coat to school, even on scorching hot days. He had been bullied by classmates and […]

Author: Ehsan Knopf

A bishop at a Greek Orthodox church has come under fire over video showing him forcefully plunging a wailing infant into a basin of water. The video, captioned “IS THIS YOUR PRIEST!!!?????” and posted to Twitter by user @Miss_Patriciah last week, shows the bishop vigorously dunking the child three times into the water before handing […]

Author: Melanie Jula Sakoda

Pokrov.org was recently made aware of a petition calling for the replacement or transfer of Metropolitan Methodios Tournas and his chancellor, Father Ted Barbas. The two men are church officials in the Metropolis of Boston, a diocese of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The petition can be found here. One of the bullet items […]

Author: Staff

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A senior cleric says Cyprus’ Orthodox Christian Church has for the first time defrocked a priest for sexually abusing his step-daughter when she was a child. Kykkos Bishop Nikiforos said Wednesday the Holy Synod’s decision was unanimous. The case shocked the conservative east-Mediterranean island nation after the 29-year-old victim was found […]

Author: Mikhail Telekhov

ST. PETERSBURG, April 13 (RAPSI, Mikhail Telekhov) – A 14-year prison sentence given to Russian priest Gleb Grozovsky for sexual abuse against underage pupils of orthodox recreation camps has become effective, the Leningrad Regional Court has told RAPSI. On Friday, the court dismissed an appeal filed by the priest against his sentence. The defendant and […]

Author: Andria Kades

The priest who sexually harassed Elena Frantzi when she was his foster daughter is expected to be defrocked in two weeks by the Holy Synod, it emerged on Wednesday. According to reports, the Holy Synod will convene on April 19 and the decision will move towards defrocking Father Stylianos who served 18 months in prison […]

Author: Theodore Kalmoukos

BOSTON, MA – Following a strong reaction generated throughout the Greek-American community after The National Herald revealed that the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America planned to incur a $10 million bank loan and use the two buildings in Manhattan that comprise its headquarters as collateral, the Archdiocese is now exploring other methods of obtaining the […]