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World is silent over missing bishops


A Greek Orthodox patriarch has lamented global indifference towards the fate of two Syrian bishops kidnapped two years ago.

Speaking ahead of the anniversary of the abductions on April 22, 2013, Orthodox Patriarch John X of Antioch, the brother of one of the kidnap victims, said: “We hope that the bishops are alive, but unfortunately the world is silent and nobody has provided physical evidence.”

Patriarch John X of Antioch, speaking at the Divine Liturgy on Sunday at Our Lady of Balamand Monastery, near Tripoli in northern Lebanon, called for “the whole community and international organizations to mobilise” to search for the missing bishops.

Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan Gregorios Yohanna and Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Boulos Yazii, both of Aleppo, were kidnapped two years ago near to the city.

Patriarch John is the brother of Metropolitan Boulos, or Paul, and said: “We tried to negotiate with those who can help in this matter, but unfortunately there was total silence.”

“We hope that the bishops are alive, but unfortunately the world is silent and nobody has provided physical evidence,” 

+ Orthodox Patriarch John X of Antioch

The two religious leaders, Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim and Greek Orthodox Archbishop Boulos Yazigi, were kidnapped by gunmen in April 2013 when they were on their way back from the Turkish border to their city of Aleppo.

Raising concerns about their fate, no group has claimed responsibility for their abduction.

“We tried to negotiate with those who can help in this matter, but unfortunately there was total silence,” said John, the brother of the Greek Orthodox Archbishop Boulous.

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