The Zenit.org website said that two Orthodox bishops kidnapped by gunmen in Syria‘s northern city of Aleppo were freed. A number of senior diplomats and international officials were involved in negotiations to release the two bishops, including the Greek ambassador to Syria, UN special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, and representatives of the Moscow Patriarchate. The gunmen snatched the bishops from their car Monday, killing their driver. Mar Gregorios Ibrahim is a bishop of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Aleppo and Boulos Yazigi is a bishop of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch and all the East in the city. The Vatican released a statement after the bishops’ abduction, calling it “a dramatic confirmation of the tragic situation in which the Syrian population and the Christian communities in Syria are living. Pope Francisco is following the events with deep participation and he is praying for the health and the liberation of the two kidnapped bishops”.
24 April 2013