April 22, 2013
Prayers requested for abducted Syrian hierarchs
SYOSSET, NY [OCA]
In a portion of a letter dated April 22, 2013 and signed by His Grace,
Bishop Basil, Secretary of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of
North and Central America to all member hierarchs, prayers were
requested for two Syrian hierarchs who had been abducted earlier that day.
The text of the letter reads as follows.
“Metropolitan Paul Yazigi of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Aleppo
(brother of His Beatitude Patriarch John X of the Great City-of-God
Antioch and all the East), and Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim of the
Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese of Aleppo, were both abducted this morning,
Monday, April 22nd, while they were traveling together on the road
between Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) and the north Syrian city of Aleppo.
The driver of the vehicle in which they were traveling was killed in the
attack. Your prayers are requested.”