first_imgThe Nicosia Criminal Court on Tuesday sentenced the head of the capital’s general hospital’s ear, nose, and throat clinic, Yiannakis Kyamides, 61, to two and a half years in prison after being found guilty of corruption and extortion.Kyamides, along with two other state doctors –  Vasken Shahbenderian, who also served at the state hospital’s ENT department, and Dafnis Aristodemou, the head of Larnaca general hospital ENT department – was arrested last year in connection with taking backhanders to refer patients to a private hearing clinic.Kyamides was found guilty on 42 charges concerning corruption and 42 charges of extortion. The court heard that Kyamides’ involvement in the case began in 2008 until last May when he was arrested.In March, Kyamides, who had been facing 188 counts in connection with bribery, money-laundering, corruption, extortion, and conspiracy, agreed to plead guilty to the corruption charges in exchange for the suspension of prosecution for conspiracy, money-laundering, and bribery charges. He also offered to return the sum of €128,000, which he was accused of taking in bribes.Criminal Court Judge Stavros Stavrou, said that Kyamides’ actions were those of “corruption”“The sacred occupation of the accused and the unique gift of his to treat and help his fellow man is in contradiction with receiving “gifts” for his own benefit,” the judge said. “It is also inconsistent with the outline of the accused’s character, made by his well-trained lawyer”.“The defendant ought, not only to not have participated in this fest of rot”, the court said, but “since he is a man with a high sense of responsibility and compassion, ought to have actively and effectively contributed to its deconstruction”.“Instead, he was enjoying the immoral fruits, with no shame, for more than eight years, until he was caught red-handed by the police,” it added.The court found as an aggravating factor the fact that Kyamides’ “criminal action was constant and lasted many years”, as it was not an isolated incident.Anther aggravating factor, the court said was the fact that he held two high-ranking posts when he was arrested, that of the head of the hospital’s ENT clinic and that of the Executive and Medical Director of the same hospital.“The state trusted him and recognised his value by placing him on top of the medical pyramid of the biggest and most important medical centre in the country and he stooped to accepting, illegally, money from the private sector,” the judge said.The court took into consideration as mitigating factors Kyamides’ age and his clean criminal record, and the fact that he had returned the amount he had received in kickbacks.It also gave Kyamides credit for his intention to cooperate – even after his conviction- with the prosecution towards a more thorough investigation into the general practice of doctors receiving kickbacks.The case emerged following a report of the management of Euthymiades Audiology Centre in Nicosia that the three suspects had been allegedly paid some €143,000 in kickbacks from 2008 until 2016. The three were allegedly taking advantage the state’s policy of subsidising various programmes for people suffering with hearing problems.Specifically, for people who were born deaf, the state paid a €2,730 subsidy every four years and for pensioners over 65, €175 every four years.The state also granted €23,000 per implant but to be eligible, patients needed to have the approval of a state ENT, and their director. Reportedly, patients were taking tests at the health centre in question and were then visiting Kyamides at the Nicosia general hospital, where he signed relevant approvals to authorise state aid for their treatment.The court heard that the suspects allegedly received between 20 per cent and 30 per cent of the sale price of the hearing aids.Police said the doctors demanded €300 for attaching hearing aids to people with congenital problems, €85 for each pensioner, and €2,000 for implants.Investigators said they have documents from the hearing centre detailing the dates and amounts paid to Kyamides since 2008. The total reached some €128,000.As regards Aristodemou, he allegedly received 2,685 in backhanders, while the third doctor received €13,000 between 2010 and 2014. The three doctors were tried separately on bribery charges.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_imgMPs on Tuesday began reviewing legislation aimed at affording further protection to consumers through the creation and operation of alternative dispute resolution bodies.The government bill is aimed to transpose into national law the EU’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Directive.In 2015, Cyprus passed a harmonising law, but the EU subsequently found that the law veered from the spirit and letter of the directive. The Commission duly notified Cyprus of this in February 2016.The new bill, which once enacted will repeal and replace the existing law, affords consumers the possibility to lodge complaints against traders.Complaints will be lodged with bodies which are required to provide independent, objective, transparent, effective and swift dispute resolution procedures.The bill includes a clause whereby the competent authority may impose an administrative fine of up to €10,000 on a trader.The dispute resolution bodies to be set up are obliged to publish on their websites annual activity reports, highlighting among others systemic and/or major recurring issues that lead to disputes between consumers and traders.At the House commerce committee, consumer protection associations welcomed the legislation but said it needed to ensure that traders against whom complaints are lodged must be present during the mediation process.The ADR Directive ensures that consumers have access to ADR for resolving their contractual disputes with traders.Access to ADR is ensured no matter what product or service purchased (only disputes regarding health and higher education are excluded), whether the product or service was purchased online or offline and whether the trader is established in the consumer’s Member State or in another one.This Directive also established binding quality requirements for dispute resolution bodies offering ADR procedure to consumers. Member States’ competent authorities, after their assessment, communicate to the European Commission the list of national dispute resolution bodies.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_imgThe acquisition of Cyprus-based pharmaceutical manufacturer Remedica by a South African company was completed on Thursday in a deal worth a reported €260m.The transaction is one of the largest takeovers of a Cypriot company.The signing ceremony took place in Limassol.Remedica’s buyers are Johannesburg-listed Ascendis Health. The price of the acquisition was 4.4 billion South-African rand or €260m in addition to an earn-out of 1.3 billion rand or €75m.The move is part of Ascendis’ stated objective for international expansion.Finance Minister Harris Georgiades described the deal as a “strong vote of confidence in the Cyprus economy.”For its part, the government would redouble its efforts to establish a stable and favourable economic climate for foreign investors, he added.Charalambos Pattichis, Remedica’s chief executive officer, assured the company’s current employees of their job security, adding that new jobs would be created as turnover is expected to increase.The Remedica Group of companies was originally established as T. Ch. Pattichis (Manufacturing Chemists) in 1960.Based in Limassol, Remedica is the leading pharmaceutical company in the country dedicated to the development, production and sale of high quality generic pharmaceutical products.Remedica’s products circulate in more than 100 countries worldwide through a selective network of representatives and some are also available for in-licensing by other companies.You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_imgBy Stefanos EvripidouNATURAL GAS and a Cyprus peace solution would provide “great” benefits to all Cypriots and help spread peace and security in the region, said President Nicos Anastasiades in an interview with Turkish daily Milliyet yesterday.In the front page interview, the president’s first with Turkish media since taking office, Anastasiades spoke about regional gas cooperation, a Cyprus solution and his father’s relationship with Turkish Cypriots.According to Milliyet, Anastasiades said the exploitation of natural gas and a Cyprus solution was a game-changer, which could resolve the problems between Cyprus and Turkey, and lead to regional cooperation to the benefit of all.Given Cyprus’ efforts to exploit its natural gas, with a Cyprus peace solution, “The equation changes completely,” he said.“Cyprus may become a transit hub for natural gas for the wider region going in all directions. The market and the economy will propose the best solutions and not the military might of one or the other,” he said, in a likely reference to what has been described as Turkey’s “gunboat diplomacy”- sending out the Turkish navy to press its claims over natural resources in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone.“In such a case, the benefits for the whole population of Cyprus would be huge. Our vision is the peace and prosperity of all the people in the region.”Regarding peace talks, they will likely start in the autumn.Anastasiades told Milliyet that there was no ulterior motive for the delay of a few months. He highlighted that all energy was spent on tackling the unprecedented economic crisis Cyprus is facing now.When talks will start, they should end with success, not failure, he said, adding that he did not want to act hastily by launching talks before he was ready.At the same time, Anastasiades said he was aware of the urgent need for a solution to the Cyprus problem.Asked about his position on the Annan plan and whether he had changed since then, the president reminded that the Annan plan was proposed ten years ago, in different conditions and a different economic climate.“The Annan plan is now history,” he said, noting that not even its authors were trying to resurrect it.It helps no one to start discussion on the Annan plan, or to start peace talks from scratch, he said.The name given to a solution is not important, but its content is, said Anastasiades, who acknowledged that certain faites accomplis created on the ground are now irreversible.However, one could still have a vision for a solution that respects the human rights of Greek Cypriots, and Turkish Cypriots, is in line with the EU acquis, and is accepted by society, he said.Anastasiades rejected the argument that Greek Cypriots don’t want a solution, adding the pain and suffering of Greek Cypriots in 1974 must also be acknowledged.Asked if he had any message for Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, he said a Cyprus solution would benefit all people on the island and was owed as compensation to those who suffered and to the new generations so they never have to relive the tragedy experienced by their parents.Solving the Cyprus problem would also have a positive impact on the people of the region, as well as strengthen regional security and world peace.Asked about his own experiences growing up, Anastasiades referred to a policeman who went by the nickname Risoto.He told Milliyet that Risoto grew up in a village cohabited by a Turkish Cypriot man named Ibrahim Sahali who was like a father to Risoto.In 1974, the policeman received a call from Sahali asking him to help the village which was under attack by extremist EOKA members.Risoto went to the village and demanded that no one touch any Turkish Cypriot.“Risoto was my father,” Anastasiades told the paper.Asked whether the president had linked gas exploration to a Cyprus solution, deputy government spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos said, on the contrary, the president’s statements delink the Cyprus problem with natural gas.“The processes for discovering and exploiting the natural gas resources are proceeding normally and they are not linked with a solution to the Cyprus problem.”Anastasiades’ position is that if a solution to the Cyprus problem is reached “in a just and balanced manner and in a way which will secure the viability of the solution, then and only then the paths will open for cooperation with whomever in the region,” said Papadopoulos.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSenior Living | Search AdsCheap Senior Apartments in Rowland Heights Are Turning HeadsSenior Living | Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_imgThe year ahead is expected to be challenging as it will be a struggle to attract the same number of tourists as the previous two record years where visitor arrivals reached almost four million, head of the hoteliers’ association Pasyxe Haris Loizides said on Tuesday.Brexit and efforts of neighbouring countries such as Turkey and Egypt to attract more visitors by subsidising air carriers, are some of the challenges Cyprus must face this year.Efforts, according to Loizides, are being concentrated on keeping arrivals at the same levels as those of the past two years.Last year, a total of 3,938,625 tourists visited, while 3,652,073 arrived in 2017.The 2018 figures for tourist arrivals were the highest ever recorded in Cyprus.“Estimates at this time are that 2019 will be a difficult year. We will be happy if we manage to maintain the same figures as those of 2018 and 2017,” Loizides told the Cyprus News Agency.“We have this status of uncertainty with the English market due to Brexit but we continue our efforts to expand in other markets mainly in Central Europe, Scandinavia and some in the Middle East.”Russia, he said, is “a question mark so far” due to conflicting information. “Some say it will go well, according to other information it is somewhat ‘stuck’,” he said.It seems, he said, that the big increases of 2018 and 2017 will not continue, because there had been a steep rise in arrivals compared to the average of 2.5 million of previous years.“We have done so much over these years, and our goal now is to stay at the numbers we have reached,” Loizides said. “We would be very satisfied if we have no decrease or even if we have no increase.”He said that, at the moment, it is somewhat difficult to make estimates for the summer period and that they will have better information after the ITB Berlin, the world’s largest tourism trade fair that will take place next month.Loizides said that, currently, there seems to be full occupancy in districts where hotels remained open in the winter.He added that elongating the summer season whereby most hotels that do not operate year-round will open from March instead of April or May, has also helped increase arrivals.This, he said, is also recorded in arrivals statistics.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_imgPaphos public transport company Osypa said on Friday it would not run one of its school routes next week until further notice after a firecracker went off in a bus full of pupils.According to the police, a firecracker exploded in one of the company’s buses on Friday when it was running the school route between Yeroskipou and the communities of Timi, Anarita and Mandria.The incident was reported by the company, which said it would not operate the same route next week until further notice for the safety of pupils, the driver and other vehicles.No injuries or damage were recorded.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_imgCyprus on Tuesday repaid part of its bailout loan from the International Monetary Fund before the payment was due.The government paid €288m, cutting its debt to the IMF down to €700m, according to data released by the public debt management office.The early repayment took place following the issuance of a seven-year 2.75 per cent benchmark of €850m last June, in a bid to reduce debt servicing costs.The interest rate on the IMF loan was 3.52 per cent. The remaining cash received from the bond was used to roll over more expensive bonds of a nominal value of €500m.Both the IMF executive board and the European Stability Mechanism board of directors approved the early repayment.Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency, an ESM spokesperson welcomed Cyprus’ early repayment as financially beneficial, noting that the approval followed the examples of Ireland and Portugal which also repaid debt to the IMF earlier.“Following the same process as with similar requests from Ireland and Portugal, the ESM concluded that it would be financially beneficial for Cyprus and supported the plan provided that a sizeable cash buffer was maintained,” the ESM spokesman said in an emailed statement.Building on earlier debt issuances and fiscal surpluses, the Cypriot finance ministry has accumulated a cash buffer exceeding €1bn, thus covering the island’s foreseeable financing needs until the end of 2018.The early repayment lowers Cyprus’ debt service costs and smoothens its maturity profile, strengthening its debt sustainability and sending a positive signal to the markets about the island’s improving market access conditions.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_imgPolice were on Thursday searching for five persons suspected of assaulting and robbing a young couple in their residence in Yermosoyia, Limassol.The incident occurred around 3pm. According to Limassol CID head Ioannis Soteriades, five individuals entered the couple’s residence. Their movements were caught on CCTV.The victims are a 33-year-old Russian national and his 34-year-old Bulgarian girlfriend.The perpetrators beat the couple and gagged them. Speaking in Russian, they demanded money. The 33-year-old man handed over his credit cards and his PIN codes.After the perpetrators departed, the 33-year-old managed to remove his gag and began calling for help. The calls were heard by a neighbour who alerted the police.The couple were taken to Limassol general hospital where they were treated for bruises.According to the police, the five perpetrators are seen arriving and departing the scene on foot. They are described as being of slight build and aged between 25 and 30.Police cordoned off the scene and began searching for the suspects.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_img Categories: News State Rep. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, was honored during a recent Michigan FFA/Michigan Farm Bureau legislative reception at the capitol in downtown Lansing for his work to add vocational training options to the Michigan Merit Curriculum high school graduation requirements. Michael Dohlberg, left, and Tyler Clappaert of the Stephenson FFA Region VI Chapter in Menominee County attended the reception, followed by a tour of the House and Senate before returning to the group’s 85th state convention on the Michigan State University campus as part of the annual Agriculture and Natural Resources Week, March 4-8. 07Mar McBroom earns Michigan FFA recognitionlast_img

first_img State. Rep Tim Kelly, R-Saginaw Township, invites local residents to tune in to his monthly radio broadcast the first Sunday of every month on “Issues and Answers”, a public affairs program that airs on the Saginaw radio stations of Cumulus Broadcasting.Kelly will use his 15-minute monthly segment on the show to invite a special guest for an insightful conversation regarding local and state government issues and more.Kelly’s segment airs on the first Sunday of every month at the following times:5 a.m. on 93.3 WKQZ5 a.m. on 104.5 WILZ5:30 a.m. on 102.5 WIOG6 a.m. on 96.1 WHNN“It’s important to focus on open communication and ensure that the local community is aware of upcoming issues,” Kelly said. “I look forward to covering a broad spectrum of topics and working closely with these radio stations to better inform Saginaw area residents on matters facing Michigan families today.”“Issues and Answers” is a weekly program hosted by Hal Maas the remainder of the month.Kelly and his staff can be reached toll free at 855-94KELLY (855-945-3559), via email at TimKelly@house.mi.gov and by mail at P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909.#### 04Feb Rep. Kelly invites local residents to listen to monthly radio segment Categories: Kelly Newslast_img read more

first_img04Feb Rep. Callton chosen as Legislator of the Year by state optometric association LANSING – Rep. Mike Callton, R-Nashville, was named Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Optometric Association (MOA) Wednesday during an association awards lunch at the Michigan State University.“This is an honor I certainly appreciate,” said Rep. Callton, a licensed chiropractor. “Receiving an award from fellow medical professionals means just that much more to me.”MOA is a Lansing-based organization that seeks to advance and support optometry in serving Michigan’s eye care needs. Categories: Newslast_img

first_img04Jan Rep. Howell announces January office hours State Rep. Gary Howell of North Branch has announced his local office hours for Monday, Jan. 8 at the following times and locations:9:30 to 11 a.m. at John’s Country Kitchen, 1829 S. Cedar St. in Imlay City; and2:30 to 4 p.m. at Hungry Dan’s Restaurant, 195 W. Genesee St. in Lapeer.“I am looking forward to sitting down with residents in Lapeer County and discussing the important issues facing our community and the state of Michigan in 2018,” Howell said. “As we kick off the new year in Lansing, I remain committed to being open and accessible to the people in my district. I welcome anyone who has ideas, issues, or concerns to join me.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Howell at 517-373-1800 or via email at GaryHowell@house.mi.gov. Categories: Howell News,Newslast_img read more

first_img Categories: Rendon News 22Feb Rep. Rendon prioritizes funding for road repairs this year Plan helps Kalkaska, Roscommon and entire stateState Rep. Daire Rendon of Lake City on Wednesday voted in favor of a plan to invest an additional $175 million into road repairs across Michigan as soon as possible.“We can improve our roads without higher taxes and without cutting spending elsewhere,” Rep. Rendon said.  “This plan will significantly help our communities and develop better quality roads for all Michigan drivers.”The money included in the bill approved this week comes in addition to previous changes that provide more funding for road and bridge projects in MichiganThe new bill includes money for counties, cities and villages throughout MichiganSome of the estimated local allocations include Missaukee County ($304,896), Crawford County ($265,859), Kalkaska County ($323,409), Roscommon County ($409,850), Ogemaw County ($329,974), Lake City ($7796), McBain ($6,933), Grayling ($15,421), Village of Kalkaska ($19,581), and Village of Roscommon ($9,939).The money is left over from a previous state government budget cycle and is already available, meaning no budget cuts or additional fees are required for the investment.House Bill 4321 advances to the Senate for further consideration.###last_img read more

first_img13Mar Rep. Wozniak plan protects citizens’ rights, promotes local control State Rep. Doug Wozniak today introduced a bill protecting the rights of local citizens who live near oil or gas fields.House Bill 4317 would restrict oil and gas drilling in Michigan’s most populated counties and require state agencies to abide by local ordinances when issuing permits. The bill is part of a two-bill package.“Citizens’ concerns must be heard, and the state must listen to residents and the local governments that represent them when oil and gas companies seek permits in our cities and suburbs,” said Wozniak, of Shelby Township. “These common-sense protections will keep oil and gas wells from being drilled too closely to neighborhoods where they could seriously impact quality of life.”State Rep. Kyra Bolden introduced the other bill in the package, House Bill 4318. Together the bills would bar the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality from issuing a drilling permit in counties with populations of 750,000 or more, with three exceptions:The proposed well is at least 2,000 feet from a residential building.The location and operation of the proposed well is in compliance with applicable local ordinances.The MDEQ has hosted a public hearing in the city, village or township in which the proposed well will be located and has considered the public’s input from that hearing.The bills have been referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation for further consideration.### Categories: News,Wozniak Newslast_img read more

first_img Categories: Mueller News State Rep. Mike Mueller of Linden celebrated March is Reading Month by reading to 315 students at five local schools.“Reading is critical to a child’s development,” Rep. Mueller said. “It is our responsibility to show young people the importance of reading and instill a love for books. When we invest in them this way, we give our young people a head-start to a successful education and future. I hope you will continue reading to the children in your life throughout the year.”March is Reading Month is an annual educational program designed to recognize the importance of reading inside and outside of the classroom.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Mike Mueller reads to a group of students at a local elementary school for March is Reading Month. 02Apr Rep. Mueller reads to local studentslast_img read more

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares June 22, 2014; Boston GlobeOn the South Shore of Boston, parishioners at the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church in Scituate have staged a round-the-clock vigil to prevent the archdiocese from “repurposing” or selling the building. And this past Saturday, despite word that the Vatican’s highest court had denied their final appeal, they vowed to continue.Jon Rogers, a member of Friends of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, said they would not willingly give up their place. “They’re going to have to arrest us,” said Rogers. “But we would hope that…the time for real negotiations is at hand.”The land is quite valuable. It is situated in a scenic seaside community very close to Scituate’s Egypt Beach, where half-acre lots with no buildings can sell for a half-million dollars. Rogers wants the archdiocese to sell the church building, parish center, and parking lot to the congregation, dispensing with or selling the additional 25 acres of property as they see fit.Cardinal Sean O’Malley has not met with parishioners in about eight years, and even then, said Rogers, the tone of the meeting was “pleasantries and platitudes.” But, speaking for the Archdiocese, Terrence C. Donilon says that a sale to the congregation was not an option. “We’re not going to sell to them because what they want to do is not what a Catholic parish is,” Donilon said. “It’s just not going to happen.”Apparently, the church has diverged from what a normal Catholic parish does, because in the absence of a priest, two women from the congregation take turns leading the devotions. One of the women is 79-year-old Barbara Nappa, a parishioner for 50 years, who says she is only doing what the church needs. “Jesus had so many women followers and apostles…it’s about time the women stepped up,” Nappa said. “We’re needed and we’re here.”She adds, “But when I looked out and saw the faces of all the people wanting to hear the word of the Lord, I said, ‘I’m here.’ ”Parishioner Nancy Fay, 52, was baptized at the church, attended its nursery school, and in 2011 held her mother’s funeral there. “I’ve lost a lot of my faith in the church of the archdiocese, but I haven’t lost my faith in God,” Fay said. “That’s why I still come here…. This just has soul, and it has meaning here. It’s not just a building.”—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more