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Archbishop Yuhanna Ibrahim’s kidnapping update

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 and continue to pray for the safe return of both clerics. Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim reconfirmed that the effort for the Archbishops release will be ongoing and remains our top priority.

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