Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch

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Archbishop Yuhanna Ibrahim Kidnapped

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 Cyril Aphrem Karim, asked everyone to pray for the quick and safe return of the Archbishops and that rational thinking prevail on the part of the kidnappers.  Archbishop Karim said our Archdiocese will do all in its power to draw attention to this matter and reach out to government officials and the proper authorities to take immediate action.

Upon hearing the news, the Patriarch of Antioch and all the east, His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, prayed for the safety of the two archbishops. His Holiness denounced the barbaric action and called for their immediate release. Patriach Zakka also called upon all members of the church throughout the world to light candles and offer prayers on behalf of the two kidnapped prelates and for peace and security in Syria.

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