URGENT CONCERN: Mgr Mar Gregorios and Mgr Boulos Yazgi Kidnapped // Message from Aleppo
- Dear Friends in the world
I am sorry to inform you that Bishop Yohanna Ibrahim of the Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese of Aleppo was kidnapped this afternoon on his way back to Aleppo from the Turkish borders. He went there to bring back with him Bishop Boulos Yazaji of the Greek Orthodox of Aleppo. The news which we have recieved is that an armed group from (Chichan) stopped the car and kidnapped the two bishops while the driver was killed. We are working and doing our best for the release of the two Bishops and return safely. So far we are unable to connect with them or with their kidnappers.
Please circulate this message as wider as you can. We need pressures of all churches in the world and embassies around the world for their release. The Bishop was doing a humanitarian mission to release two priests who were kidnapped months ago.
Please do your best in this critical issue and also we need the prayers of all faithful around the world for their safety.
Yours in Christ
Ecumenical Relations Relief Officer
Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese of Aleppo
Tel: +963 933 465888
I am forwarding the message just received from Razek Siriani, assistant to and colleague of Archbishop Mar Gregorius. You will note the appeal to circulate the news as well as for advocacy and prayer.
From: Fr, K. M. George <frkmgeorge@...>
Date: Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 10:14 PM
We are all deeply grieved by the news of the kidnapping of Mar Gregorios and Mgr Boulos of Aleppo, Syria. Ibrahim Mar Gregorios is a close personal friend of mine for the last three decades.
We have alerted church circles here, including the Catholicos of the
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church HH Marthoma Paulose II, and we are
praying for the release of the dear bishops and for peace in Syria. We are also conveying our deep and urgent concern to top government circles in India for necessary diplomatic action.
In prayer and solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Syria.
Fr K.M.George, India.