Archbishop Atallah Hanna Appeal for the Release of Kidnapped Bishops From Aleppo
Archbishop Atallah Hanna Appeal for the Release of Kidnapped Bishops
Friday, 26 April 2013
Jerusalem - Archbishop Atallah Hanna Sebastia, Archbishop of the Greek
Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, appealed to all people to work as soon as
possible in order to release the two bishops, Bishop Paul Yazigi
archdiocese Aleppo Greek Orthodox Church and Bishop John Ibrahim
archdiocese Aleppo for Syrian Orthodox.
Archbishop Atallah Hanna said that the two bishops are known for their
humanitarian work, and their leading role in the convergence,
inter-religious dialogue, and work in maintaining and strengthening
national unity, both Islamic and Christian.
Archbishop Atallah Hanna added that the two bishops have leading
positions in the defense of Palestine, Jerusalem, and its holy sites. We
are in Jerusalem praying, hoping, and demanding that they will be
released today and not tomorrow, especially since our Orthodox church is
preparing to celebrate Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and the Easter holiday.
These bishops deserve all respect and appreciation, and the right to be
Therefore, we wish that they will be released in order to continue their
social, spiritual, and human mission.
His Excellency asked all the churches of Jerusalem to pray in in order
to release these two bishops to return back to their historic Diocese in
We are united in thoughts and prayers with Bishop Paul and Bishop John
in this difficult circumstance. Our hearts are always with them and we
hope, God willing, to hear good news about them.