FOLLOW UP: Priest missing in Greece located, safe

I had posted a story, asking your prayers, about a American priest in Greece who was feared to be in danger or dead. He has been found and he is safe.

From Fox 29 WXIN:

An Indiana priest feared to be in danger or even dead was located, the family told Fox59 Monday.

The family said Father Christian Kappes made contact with them and made it safely out of the country.

For the past three years, Father Christian Kappes has been pursuing doctoral studies in Athens on behalf of the Vatican. However, last Saturday, the family reported Kappes frantically called them, stating there was escalating violence involving his friend and translator.

Kappes’ father, Virgil Kappes, recalled a conversation with his son, who called him from the U.S. Embassy in Greece. It was a conversation Virgil said haunted the entire family.

“He said, ‘They won’t let us stay. If I walk out of here I am dead dad. If you don’t hear from me in 12-24 hours, I’m dead,’” Virgil Kappes said.

Kappes’ family told Fox59 the priest and his translator attempted to get out of the country last Monday and fly to Indianapolis. However, they did not make it on a plane and no one heard from the two.

Since then, the family has worked tirelessly to find their loved one. They contacted the U.S. Embassy, the U.S. State Department and Greek authorities.

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13 Responses to FOLLOW UP: Priest missing in Greece located, safe

  1. Andy Lucy says:

    Deo gratias.

  2. PennCatholic says:

    Indeed thanks be to God, but what’s the story? Where was he for the past week?

  3. StJude says:

    Thank you, Lord for hearing our prayers.

  4. Liz says:

    Thanks be to God! So many people were praying.

    Penn Catholic, I think the station said there would be more from the family at 4 pm.

  5. Christine says:

    Praise God!! Thank you for the update Father!

  6. capchoirgirl says:

    Thanks be to God!

  7. Art says:

    Thank God! And on Canadian Thanksgiving too!

  8. cbcatholic says:

    I was about to post a comment on your last post Father, once we found out. All of the guys at our Seminary have been praying for him, since he was of the Arch-Diocese in which we are located. Deo Gratias!

  9. Sword40 says:

    Wonderful news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. contrarian says:

    Thanks for the update on this. Glad he’s safe.

  11. Gail F says:

    Here’s a roundup of what’s known from my website, The Catholic Beat. Lots of links to Indy and Greek sources. It’s a weird story, by which I don’t mean to imply anything except that it is a weird story:
    http://thecatholicbeat.sacredheartradio.com/2012/10/04/indiana-priest-missing-overseas/

  12. Catholictothecore says:

    Praise be to God!

  13. David Zampino says:

    Praise God! God answers prayer!