Common Statement – The Five-Year Anniversary of the Abducted Bishops of Aleppo

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate - 25/4/18 THE Five-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE ABducted BISHOPS of Aleppo Beloved Brothers and Spiritual Children, Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen! In the midst of this glorious season of the Holy Pascha, we are pleased to greet our spiritual children with this paschal proclamation, asking the Lord of the Resurrection to bestow upon the whole ...

The Orthodox Church’s Holy Synod of Antioch Condemns World’s Silence About Terrorism Against Syria

10/7/14 The participants in the Holy Synod of Antioch in Lebanon denounced the silence of the world over the terrorist crimes committed against the Syrian people. The remarks came in a statement marking the 3rd session of the Synod, which was chaired by Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East John X Yazigi. The participants also ...

Holy Synod of Antioch stresses need to unite efforts to end crisis in Syria and save Iraq

1/7/14 Beirut, SANA – The Holy Synod of Antioch in Lebanon highlighted the need to join efforts to put an end to the crisis in Syria and save Iraq from terrorism. The remarks came during a press conference held by Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East John X Yazigi on the occasion of the ...

Patriarch John X Yazigi calls for a solution to the abducted people in Syria

Beirut, SANA - 27/6/14 Patriarch John X Yazigi of Antioch and All the East for Greek Orthodox Church called for raising the voice loudly at international” Deaf ” forums to convey what is happening in Syria of kidnapping acts and sacrilege of sanctities. The patriarch, during the opening ceremony of the Antioch conference in Beirut, called on ...

Prayers for the safe release of the Metropolita’s Paul Yazigi and John Abraham

April 2014 Dear All Kindly keep both of our beloved Prelates Metropolitan Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim of Aleppo and Metropolitan Paul of Aleppo  in your daily prayers.  Metropolitan's, Archbishops and Clergy are here by requested to observe their names in Divine Liturgy.  May Almighty God keep them safe and return them at the earliest. OCP Secretariat  Source:  

Patriarch Yazigi: We will never submit to those who transgress against sanctities

24/12/13 Damascus, (SANA) – Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East John X Yazigi affirmed that there will be no submission to those who transgress against sanctities, nor will there be silence over the abduction of bishops, priests and innocent people. In his Christmas letter issued on Tuesday, Patriarch Yazigi said "we will not be ...

Ibrahim says case of abducted bishops more complicated

31/10/13 BEIRUT: General Security chief Maj.  Gen. Abbas Ibrahim  said Tuesday he knew the  whereabouts of the two bishops kidnapped in Syria  last April, describing their case as more  complicated than that of the recently released Lebanese pilgrims. “About a month ago, I contacted an individual who told me where the bishops  Paul Yazigi  and Yohanna Ibrahim ...

Ankara denies abducted bishops are held in Turkey

31/10/13 BEIRUT: The Turkish Foreign Ministry  denied reports that two  bishops kidnapped in Syria  were being held in Turkish territories,  according to a statement issued Wednesday. Referring to earlier reports circulated on Aug. 12 alleging the bishops were  in Turkey, the statement blamed the Syrian government for spreading false  information. “It has been observed that similar allegations are ...

Statement issued from the Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch

4/9/13 Statement issued from the Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East, Balamand, on 30th August 2013 I raised my eyes to the mountains where I receive my help. Our countries are passing through a difficult phase and challenging circumstances with their peoples being threatened by several dangers. This painful situation in which we find ourselves and ...

Abducted Syrian Orthodox Priests Alive In Turkey – Report

5/8/13 Syriac Orthodox and Greek Orthodox Archbishops of Aleppo, Yohanna Ibrahim and Paul Yazigi who have been kidnapped by militants in Syria are alive and held captive in Turkey, a source close to al-Alam has said. An source in Aleppo, citing information from a British diplomat, told al-Alam on Sunday that two bishops abducted near Aleppo around ...

Greek Orthodox patriarch slams failure to free bishops

Daily Star - 24/6/13 BEIRUT: Greek Orthodox Patriarch Yohanna X Yazigi  questioned the failure of states  and security forces to expedite the release of two abducted bishops. “We appreciate the efforts exerted by the [relevant] states and security  forces to seek out information on the fate of the two bishops, but we wonder if  they lack the ...

Patriarchs Rahi and Yazigi call on foreign sides to stop interference in Syria

14/6/13 BEIRUT, (SANA) – Cardinal Mar Bechara al-Rahi, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East of Maronite Church, and Patriarch John X Yazigi of Antioch and All the East for Greek Orthodox Church called on all foreign sides to stop interference in Syria. After their meeting Thursday at the Patriarchate in Bkirki, the two patriarchs expressed sorrow ...

Violence won’t force Orthodox flock to leave Syria – Patriarch John X

1/5/13 Patriarch of Antioch and All the East John X has urged the world community to end the violence in Syria and help free the two abducted Orthodox leaders of Aleppo. "I take this opportunity to extend, on your behalf, in the motherlands and abroad, an appeal to the international community, urging it to do everything it ...

Fr Younes Younes on the Bishops’ Kidnapping

29/4/13 In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, amen. Beloved, Here we are at the edge of Holy Week, when we accompany the Lord Jesus in his Passion, so that He may grant us the grace of beholding His glorious Resurrection. We began preparing a few weeks ago with fasting and prayers. ...

Awqaf Ministry Condemns Abduction of Bishops in Aleppo

23/4/13 DAMASCUS, (SANA)- Ministry of Awqaf (Religious Endowments) condemned the terrorists' abduction of Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo and Iskenderun, Bishop Paul Yazigi, and the Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Bishop John Ibrahim, in addition to a deacon in a car in northern Aleppo. "This terrorist operation comes in completion of the plot to target opinion and thought leaders ...

Govt calls for release of Syrian Orthodox archbishops

The Greek Orthodox archbishop of Aleppo, Paul Yazigi

23/4/13 Concern after the kidnapping of Greek Orthodox and Syriac Orthodox archbishops of Aleppo, Paul Yazigi and Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, on the road to Aleppo from the rebel-held Bab al Hawa crossing with Turkey. The Greek government has called for the release of two Syrian bishops kidnapped on Monday by armed rebels in the northern province of ...