Aleppo: two Orthodox bishops still captive, Christian neighbourhood shelled
For Mgr Jeanbart, Greek Melkite bishop of Aleppo, "Catholic and Orthodox
religious authorities are working for the release of the two prelates."
Their abduction remains a mystery. Mortars devastate one of the city's
main Christian neighbourhoods, killing four.
Aleppo (AsiaNews) - The two Orthodox bishops kidnapped in Aleppo are
still in the hands of kidnappers, Mgr. Jean-Clement Jeanbart, Greek
Melkite bishop of Aleppo, told AsiaNews. "The Catholic and Orthodox
Churches are doing their best to mediate with the kidnappers," the
prelate added, "but at present no one understands the reasons for this
act and who is behind these criminals."
Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim, Syrian Orthodox bishop of the diocese of
Aleppo, and Boulos Yaziji, Greek Orthodox archbishop of the diocese of
the same city, were abducted on 22 April in Kafr Dael, ten km from
Aleppo, on the Turkish border. Their driver, a Syrian Orthodox deacon,
This morning, mortar rounds hit one of the city's main Christian
neighbourhoods. The shelling killed four people and several houses have
"The situation in the city is terrible; no one is safe, not even the
Christians," said Archbishop Jeanbart.
Christians have not taken sided with either the rebels or regime. "I do
not know who fired at Christian homes or why," the prelate explained,
"but it sure was not a ballistic mistake."
The bishop appealed again to the Western world. "Stop this war!" he
said. "Help Syrian leaders choose dialogue and reconciliation over
conflict and hatred!" (S.C.