Author: Staff

A Russian Orthodox bishop in Oryol faces some awkward questions this week, after accepting as a gift a new Land Cruiser worth an estimated 6 million rubles ($106,500), according to the website Open Russia. A representative for the Oryol archdiocese later explained that there is nothing sinful about receiving such a gift. “Jesus Christ Himself […]

Author: Ryan Kilpatrick

An Orthodox bishop in Russia has come under scrutiny this week after accepting a gift of a luxurious new Toyota Land Cruiser four-wheel-drive vehicle — with his representative suggesting that Jesus would have done the same. A representative of the Oryol archdiocese, located some 220 miles southwest of Moscow, argued that Bishop Nektary’s decision to […]

Author: AP

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian court has rejected a request by anti-corruption prosecutors to place Teodosie, the Archbishop of Tomis, under house arrest. The Romanian Orthodox cleric is suspected of defrauding the European Union. The Constanta Court of Appeal ruled Monday that Teodosie should remain under judicial control, but did not need to be […]

Author: Staff

PENSACOLA, Fla. – A church known for hosting the annual Pensacola Greek Festival and donating to charity has been victimized by crime. A six-figure theft has resulted in the arrest of a trusted employee, WEARTV reports. Katherine Hamilton quit her job at the Greek Orthodox Church in September. That is when members of the church looked […]

Author: Tony Briscoe and Kate Thayer

A Greek Orthodox priest from Chicago who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $100,000 from his church had his felony theft conviction reduced to a misdemeanor Wednesday. A judge in Milwaukee agreed to instate the lesser conviction after the Rev. James Dokos satisfied the terms of his yearlong probation, including 40 hours of community service, […]

Author: David Jackson

Ukrainian Orthodox authorities have barred the pastor of a Humboldt Park church from serving as a priest following allegations that he improperly took more than $500,000 from a 93-year-old parishioner diagnosed with dementia. Nicholas Chervyatiuk has not been charged with a crime, and he has vigorously denied the allegations, made in papers filed in probate […]

Author: David Jackson

Standing before the religious icons that line his Ukrainian Orthodox church in Humboldt Park, the Rev. Nicholas Chervyatiuk has ministered to followers who arrived in Chicago as refugees after surviving Nazi Germany’s prison camps. Now the Cook County public guardian is accusing the priest of improperly taking more than $500,000 from the savings of one […]

Author: Kelly Noseworthy

‘The people that gave him the money trusted him. We trusted him,’ monsignor says Hundreds of thousands of dollars raised by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton for resettling dozens of refugees in the city has gone missing, and the diocese fears it may have been gambled away by one of its priests. Father Amer Saka, a priest at […]

Author: Maria Madden

A London, Ontario priest is facing fraud charges after allegedly pocketing more than $500,000 dollars which had been intended for refugees. Police began an investigation in February after reports that money had gone missing from a refugee trust fund. According to investigators, Amer Saka of St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church defrauded 20 people, based not only in Ontario, but also […]

Author: Staff

Police say the Hamilton Catholic Diocese has helped in the arrest of a priest in London. He’s been charged with fraud in the alleged theft of more than $500,000 meant for refugees. Police say 51-year-old Amer Saka obtained the money from over 20 people under the guise of a sponsorship program to bring refugee families […]