Dearly Beloved in the Lord:
May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
The unrest in Syria did not subside; more churches are burnt, more people are killed and many more are forced to leave their homes. In addition to this misery, kidnapping of our people for ransom increased. Your contributions which were sent to our Syriac people, were greatly appreciated by the recipients who needed them badly. With the donations that you and other churches will give, our Church in Syria will be able to serve our community better in providing food, shelter and other basic…
Upon an invitation for the Installation Ceremony of His Eminence Mor Chrysostom John Ghassali, as the new Archbishop of Argentina, His Eminence, Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim travelled to Argentina to participate in this festive event. The installation took place on Sunday, March the 31st , at St. Peter’s Syriac Orthodox Cathedral in La Plata, Argentina.
Mor Clemis Daniel, Archbishop of Beirut, Mor Timotheos Matthew Alkhoury, Patriarchal Secretary, Clergy and many Representatives from other sister Churches, joined in to share the spiritual joy of our Suryoye faithful of Argentina. The Cathedral was crowded by parishioners, who came from all over the regions around…
On Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 7:30 PM, His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim will celebrate the Holy Liturgy at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Teaneck, New Jersey on occasion of the Feast of St. Mark. This special liturgy will be offered for the safe return of the two metropolitans who were kidnapped on Tuesday in Aleppo, Syria: Mor Gregorios Yuhanna Ibrahim, Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, and Bishop Boulos Yazigi, Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo.
His Eminence requests all clergy, deacons and as many parishioners as possible to be present with us to offer special prayers on behalf of the abducted Archbishops….
We are saddened to report the kidnapping of His Eminence Mor Gregorious Yuhanna Ibrahim, Archbishop of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Aleppo, Syria by an unknown armed group. Also kidnapped, along with Archbishop Yuhanna Ibrahim, was Archbishop Bolous Yazejy of the Greek Orthodox Church of Aleppo. The Archbishops were en route to Kafr Dael, a relatively small village in the outskirts of Aleppo doing humanitarian work and their pastoral duties in securing the release of two priests who were kidnapped earlier this year. Both Archbishops were abducted from their vehicle and have not been seen or heard from since.
His Eminence Mor…
On Monday April 15 His Eminence Archbishop Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim signed a document representing the response of Christian Churches in the United States to a letter which the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote to eight clergymen from Birmingham, Alabama. He was responding to their request that he cancel the civil non-violence protests in support of the rights of African Americans who were suffering from racism and segregation laws.
The signing ceremony took place at St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Birmingham on the Fiftieth Anniversary of Dr. M. L. King’s letter. Several Church leaders representing different Christian traditions also signed the…
His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim is presently meeting with the State Department in Washington DC concerning yesterday’s kidnapping of both His Eminence Yuhanna Ibrahim, Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo and His Eminence Boulos Yazigi, Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo by terrorist rebels in Syria. There have been many unsubstantiated reports of the release of both Archbishops but nothing has yet been confirmed and the effort for their safe return is still underway.
His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim said that the State Department is monitoring the situation as it continues to unfold. The Archbishop is also asking everyone to remain hopeful…
On Wednesday 24, 2013, at 7:30 pm, His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim celebrated the Holy Qurobo (Divine Liturgy) at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Teaneck, New Jersey, on the occasion of St. Mark’s Feast Day. This liturgy was also offered for the safe return of the two abducted Archbishops, Mor Gregorios Youhanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yazigi. The Cathedral was filled to capacity with sympathetic parishioners from the NJ and NY area. Candlelight vigils and special prayers of the lent and supplications for the Mother of God services were elevated from clergy and laity for the safe return of the two Archbishops….
Joint Communique Of The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate Of Antioch and all the East And The Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East
On Monday the 22.04.2013, we were surprised by the news that our brothers Bishop Paul (Yazigi) of Aleppo and Alexandretta and Bishop John (Ibrahim) Syriac Orthodox Bishop of Aleppo, have been kidnapped on their way back to Aleppo after accomplishing a humanitarian mission. We deeply regret what happened as we regret all similar acts targeting cvivilians, regardless of their belonging and therefore we address to the local and international communities the following declaration:
1- The Christians living…
A statement released this morning confirmed that the status quo and the current situation remains the same regarding the kidnapping of the two Archbishops in Aleppo, Syria: Archbishop Yuhanna Ibrahim of the Syriac Orthodox Church and Archbishop Boulus Yazigi of the Greek Orthodox Church. No further developments have taken place to substantiate news of the release of the two clerics.
His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim also added that news reports indicating President Abdullah Gul of Turkey directly spoke with Archbishop Yuhanna Ibrahim can-not be substantiated.
His Eminence Archbishop Karim is asking everyone to continue praying for the quick and safe release…
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As many of you are already aware, we are saddened to report the kidnapping of His Eminence Mor Gregorious Yuhanna Ibrahim, Archbishop of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Aleppo, Syria by an unknown armed group. Also kidnapped, along with Archbishop Yuhanna Ibrahim, was Archbishop Bolous Yazejy of the Greek Orthodox Church of Aleppo. The Archbishops were en route to Kafr Dael, a relatively small village in the outskirts of Aleppo doing humanitarian work and their pastoral duties in securing the release of two priests who were kidnapped earlier this year. Both Archbishops were abducted from their vehicle and…
Statement of Timothy Cardinal Dolan Archbishop of New York President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
April 26, 2013
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), called the April 22 kidnapping of two Orthodox archbishops in Syria and the killing of their driver “a sign of the terrible violence that is destroying the fabric of Syrian society.” He joined Pope Francis in praying for their return in an April 26 statement and said the Catholic Church would “continue to work through all channels,” including the Vatican and the diplomatic and international communities…
IGNATIUS PATRIARCH OF THE HOLY SEE OF ANTIOCH AND ALL THE EAST
SUPREME HEAD OF THE UNIVERSAL SYRIAC ORTHODOX CHURCH
ZAKKA 1ST, IWAS
We offer our apostolic benediction and benevolent prayers to our brethren, his Beatitude Mor Baselius Thomas 1st, Catholicos of India, and Their Eminences the Metropolitans, our spiritual children the Patriarchal Vicars, monks, priests, nuns, deacons and virtuous deaconesses, and our blessed Syriac Orthodox People worldwide. May the divine providence embrace them through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and St. Peter the head of the Apostles, and the rest of the saints and martyrs. Amen.
After asking for your well-being, we say:
Further to our Apostolic Bull Reference: 149/2013 issued on 24 April 2013 and in light of the latest events and the absence of any fresh updates in relation to the kidnapping of our dear brothers Mor Gregorios Youhanna Ibrahim, Archbishop of Aleppo and environs, and Mor Boulos Yazigi, Metropolitan of Aleppo and Alexandretta for the Greek Orthodox Church. We renew our call to all the faithful of our Church worldwide to continue their prayers beseeching God the Almighty to shower us and together with His Eminence Mor Gregorios Youhanna Ibrahim and His Eminence Mor Boulos Yazigi, His peace and tranquillity and to return the two Archbishops to their Archdioceses so they can continue serving the Church and the nation.
We know that many of our spiritual children and friends worldwide are praying with us asking that all efforts currently exerted to release the two Archbishops continue, ensuring the safe return of the Archbishops to their ecclesiastical service.
We continue our communication with heads of all sister churches and in particular the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch as we exert every effort and obligation worthy of this event.
After consultation with the esteemed members of our Holy Synod we have decided to limit the celebrations of Palm Sunday and the Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord to the celebrations at the church, and we are to decline the visits of any well-wishers during this holy season if our Archbishops are not released.
May God the Almighty accept your fasting and prayers. Amen.
On Thursday April 25, 2013 a delegation of our Syriac community from New Jersey and Washington DC consisted of Father Fadi Abdel-Ahed, Mike Naim Ghassali, Sam Alos, Gabe Adamo, Jack Henawi and Jay Gazal, visited several members of the Senate and Congress including Senator John McCain of Arizona, Senator Tim Kain of Virginia, Congressman Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Congresswoman Sherry Bustos of Illinois. They met to inform the members of Congress of the kidnapping of our two Bishops and asked them to immediately contact the State Department to demand action for safe resolution. The delegation continues to be in contact with…
His Holiness Karekin II Sent a Message of Support to His Holiness Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch
On April 26, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, sent a letter to His Holiness Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, Head of the Syrian Orthodox Church, expressing his concerns on the occasion of abduction of His Eminence Metropolitan John Ibrahim and Metropolitan Paul Yazigi, two Bishops of the Orthodox Church who were kidnapped during their philanthropic mission near Aleppo.
In his letter Vehapar specifically states: “We strongly condemn the kidnapping of these clergymen. The heightening of inter-religious tensions and rise of religious intolerance do not promote stabilization of the situation…