International Appeals to Release the Abducted Syrian Bishops

Posted on April 25, 2013


CAPITALS, (SANA)- Archbishop of the Sebastian Roman Orthodox Church, Attallah Hanna, called for exerting all efforts as soon as possible to release Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo and Iskenderun, Bishop Paul Yazigi, and the Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Bishop John Ibrahim who were abducted by the armed terrorist groups in Aleppo.

Hanna hailed the two bishops’ humanitarian stances and their pioneer role in rapprochement and dialogue among religions as they work for consolidating the Christian and Islamic national unity.

He called for holding prayers at all churches in occupied Jerusalem fir the release of the two Bishops.

On Tuesday, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, Patriarch Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, denounced as a crime the abduction of the two Bishops in Aleppo and all forms of violence, killing, kidnapping and terrorism in Syria.

He held a prayer at the Greek Orthodox Church in Buenos Aires for the release of the kidnapped Bishops.

Cardinal al-Rahi made a phone call with Patriarch John X Yazigi expressing his solidarity and denunciation of the kidnapping of the two Bishops.

In the same context, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia called upon Russian President Vladimir Putin to interfere for releasing the Greek Orthodox Bishop Paul Yazigi and Syriac Orthodox Bishop Yohanna Ibrahim who were kidnapped by the armed terrorist groups in Da’el village in Aleppo countryside last Monday.

In a letter directed to President Putin posted on his electronic website, Patriarch Kirill called upon the Russian President to take measures within the Russian state’s powers to accelerate the release of the two Syrian bishops.

Syrian Network for Monitoring Human Rights: Kidnapping Bishops Yazigi and Ibrahim Heinous Crime

The Syrian Network for Monitoring Human Rights condemned in the strongest terms the abduction of Bishops Yazigi and Ibrahim by the armed terrorist groups.

In a statement issued Wednesday, the network considered the abduction of the bishops and the killing of their driver as “a heinous crime and a flagrant violation of the heavenly messages.”

The Network added that the armed terrorist groups which are killing citizens and sabotaging the homeland reflect the real intentions of “the Opposition of Istanbul and Qatar”  and those who support them.

Patriarch Laham: Abduction of Bishops Yazigi and Ibrahim is Aggression against all Syrians

Patriarch Gregory III Laham, Patriarch of Antioch and Alexandria and Jerusalem for Roman Melkite Catholics denounced the abduction of bishops Yazigi and Ibrahim, stressing that this criminal act is an aggression against all Syrians.

Patriarch Laham held on Wednesday two phone calls with,Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East and Syriac Orthodox John X Yazigi, and Patriarch of Antioch and All the East for the Church and Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church Ignatius Zakka I Iwas and expressed his condemnation and denunciation of this crime.

In the same context, the Higher Council of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church condemned the abduction of the bishops and killing their driver in Aleppo.

In a statement issued today, the Council called on the international community to move to release the bishops, asserting the necessity of respecting the message of religious scholars.

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