Two Syrian bishops not yet freed

April 27, 2013

On Monday this past week there were reports from Syria that two bishops from Aleppo, one Greek Orthodox (Paul Yazigi) and another Syrian Orthodox (Yohanna Ibrahim), had been kidnapped near the border between Syria and Turkey, and that the driver of their car had been killed. Anonymous Greek Orthodox sources indicated that the kidnappers were “Chechen jihadists.” On Tuesday, the BBC and other news sources reported that the bishops had been released. That news seems to have been premature; more recent reports (e.g., the BBC, Agence France Presse) indicate that the bishops are still being held somewhere; today the Organization of Islamic Cooperation demanded their “unconditional release.” Prayers are urged on the bishops’ behalf.

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