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.

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.

Our Archbishop His Eminence Mor Titus Yeldho is asking all of our faithful to join our entire Church in praying for the safe return of both of the Bishops immediately.