Now affiliated with St. Dionysius Catholic Cathedral, Athens, Kappes is participating in a pilot program set up by the Vatican and the government in Greece in which he and other Catholics will earn advanced degrees in Greek Orthodox theology, according to the archdiocesan Web site. Kappes said in a 2009 interview with The Criterion that he later hoped to assist in “an official commission between the Vatican and the Greek Orthodox Church to try to overcome a lot of the dissensions that historically have divided us.”
Posted October 5, 2012
Where in the world is the Rev. Christiaan Kappes, who served as St. Louis Catholic Church associate pastor from 2002-05?
“We can confirm that U.S. citizen Christiaan Kappes has been reported missing in Athens,”Greece, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said during an Oct. 4 daily press briefing in Washington, D.C., according to an online transcript.
She added department officials “have no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens abroad. Our embassy in Athens is in contact with his family and is also working very closely with Greek authorities to try to locate him. As you know, in cases of missing Americans like this, U.S. consular officers check local hospitals, we check hotels, we check airports, we even work with local authorities to check prisons. So all of those things are ongoing, but we have not yet located him.”
When asked whether the priest was denied help while at the embassy there, Nuland admitted, “There’s a little bit of confusion ... Mr. Kappes visited the embassy on Oct. 1. He did not, himself, request safe haven. While a consular officer was on the phone with one of his family members discussing options to ensure his safety, Mr. Kappes himself got up and departed the embassy, and we don’t know where he went.”