Orthodox priest beaten in Albania

September 10, 2015. Fr Christos Pappas, a 77 year-old Orthodox priest in South Albania in the parish of Saint Haralambos (Sarande district) was the victim of an assault and battery.

Two men impersonating police officers wearing balaclavas intercepted the priest as he was about to enter his residence. They didn’t steal anything from the house and they left the residence after neighbours heard a commotion. Fr. Pappas was transferred to the local hospital.

The incident is linked with the recent events in Himare, where Albanian state authorities demolished the Orthodox church of Saint Athanasios because the authorities claimed that it was illegally built. The victim priest is the father of the new president of political party Omonia, Leonidas Pappas who reacted strongly against the actions of the Albanian authorities to destroy the Church.

Source: protothema.gr and romfea

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