Prakash Varghese – (Delegate of UAE, Gulf, & Middle East) – OCP News Service – 25/8/17
The conflict in Syria is taking a turning point. Unfortunately, details of the kidnapped Bishops of Aleppo remains mysterious.
Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim and Greek Orthodox Archbishop Boulos Yazigi were kidnapped by militants in April 2013 while they were returning back from the Turkish border to their city of Aleppo.
“We tried to negotiate with those who can help in this matter, but unfortunately, there was total silence,” said Patriarch John X of Antioch and All East, the brother of the Greek Orthodox Archbishop Boulous.
“No side has actually claimed responsibility for the kidnapping but we still have hope that the two bishops are alive, and there is more good news than bad news. ” – Lebanese Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk.
In 2015, Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II met Russian President Vladimir Putin and discussed the case of Bishops of Aleppo.
We do not have much information on the whereabouts of the two Orthodox Christian Prelates. Let us pray for their speedy and safe return.
OCP News Service