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 […]

Author: Theodore Kalmoukos

BROOKLYN – Archimandrite Gerasimos Makris “had engaged at separate times in inappropriate relations with two women” Bishop Andonios of Phasiane, chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, revealed in a letter dated February 2, sent to “the Beloved members of the Greek Orthodox Church of Holy Cross Brooklyn, NY.” The entire letter follows: “Dearly […]

Author: Melanie Jula Sakoda

Tuesday was the 11th anniversary of Eric Iliff’s tragic death. Pokrov.org honors him for his bravery in coming forward with the story of his abuse, and we mourn his untimely passing. May his memory be eternal, and may his family and friends find comfort in their grief.  

Author: Australian Associated Press

A Russian Orthodox priest has been found guilty of sexually molesting a 14-year-boy he invited to Australia and locked in his Sydney church flat when he had to perform his religious duties. Stanislav Vakhabov, 35, had denied detaining the boy for his own sexual gratification in 2014, giving him intoxicating substances to make it easier […]

Author: Melanie Jula Sakoda

According to a letter dated February 2, 2018, and addressed to the parishioners of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Brooklyn, New York, Archimandrite Gerasimos Makris admitted to having “inappropriate relations” with two adult women, one in Massachusetts and the other in Brooklyn. As provided in the sexual misconduct policy of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese […]

Author: Theodore Kalmoukos

BROOKLYN – A written and signed allegation for “improper behavior” was sent by a woman to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America against Very Rev. Archimandrite Gerasimos Makris, Presiding Priest of Holy Cross parish in Brooklyn, who had suddenly disappeared from the parish last month, as The National Herald reported on January 18, 2018. TNH […]