Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Calls for Immediate Release of the Two Kidnapped Archbishops
The 50th convention of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch in North America convening in Anaheim, California from July 25 – July 28th, 2013 expresses their deepest concern over the devastating war situation in Syria, and the plight of Christians in the Middle East, where they find themselves under increasing pressure to flee from their ancestral homeland.
The convention is particularly concerned about the kidnapping of the Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo, Mor Gregorios Yuhanna Ibrahim, and the Greek Orthodox Archbishop Boulos Yazigy, who were captured on April 22nd, while carrying out their humanitarian Christian duty, and the lack of information regarding their whereabouts and condition. The two prelates are prominent figures who dedicated their lives to serve the people of Aleppo regardless of their religion and ethnicity. Their abduction is a direct message for Christians in Syria and the Middle East. The unjustified violence against Christians forces them to abandon their historical homeland.
During the convention, the participants offered prayers for the safety and immediate return of the two Archbishops and all kidnapped people in Syria. They likewise, prayed for all the victims of this senseless war and for a peaceful solution in Syria.
The convention urges the United States government to spare no effort in securing the immediate release of Archbishops Ibrahim and Yazigy.
We expect our government to utilize its relationships with its allies in the region to achieve this goal.