Monday, April 22, 2013

Bishops Violently Abducted by Islamists in Aleppo, Syria

The jihad in Syria becomes ever more emboldened. Below is the official statement from the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.

This may postpone my interview originally scheduled for Sunday, as the situation is quite fluid, and quite dangerous.

Metropolitan Paul

His Eminence Metropolitan Philip is saddened to report that, in a telephone discussion that he had today with His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, it was learned that Metropolitan Paul (Yazigi), Metropolitan of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese Of Aleppo, and the brother of His Beatitude, as well as Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim of the Syriac Archdiocese of Aleppo, were both abducted by terrorists in a suburb of Aleppo as they  were returning from Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) to Aleppo.

The deacon who was driving  their automobile was shot and killed in the attack.  As you know, Syria has been suffering from these acts of terror for more than 2 years.*

Mar Gregorios
We ask all of you to remember Metropolitan Paul, and Archbishop Gregorios in your prayers, asking the Lord to deliver them safely from this ordeal. All official information will be released from the Archdiocese Headquarters through official communication channels.

* Note: Actually Syria, and all Christian lands of the Middle East, North Africa, Asia Minor, and the Balkans have been suffering from Islamic acts of terror for almost 1400 years.