The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate Of Antioch and all the East
The Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East
On Monday the 22.04.2013, we were surprised by the news that our
brothers Bishop Paul (Yazigi) of Aleppo and Alexandretta and Bishop John
(Ibrahim) Syriac Orthodox Bishop of Aleppo, have been kidnapped on
their way back to Aleppo after accomplishing a humanitarian mission. We
deeply regret what happened as we regret all similar acts targeting
cvivilians, regardless of their belonging and therefore we address to
the local and international communities the following declaration:
1- The Christians living here are an essential part of their lands.
They suffer the pain every person suffers, work as messengers of peace
to lift the injustice off every oppressed: They follow the teaching of
their Gospel telling them that love ist the basis of human relations.
The official positions issued by the spiritual leaders of the various
churches, are the best expression in this respect and the mission
fulfilled by the two kidnapped bishops is but a further proof of this
2- The Christians in this East are deeply sorowed
by what their countries are going through, namely violence that is
spreading and killing the sons of the one country and exposing their
lives to various dangers of which kidnapping, that represents one of
its the most horrible expressions due to its absurdity, and ist
jeopardizing of the lives of the peaceful and unarmed individuals. We
call the kidnappers to respect the life of the two kidnapped brothers as
well as everyone to put an end to all the acts that create confessional
and sectarian schisms among the sons of the one country.
understand the anxiousness of the Christians because of what happened
and call them to patience, to hold on to the teachings of their faith,
and to rely on God whose strength lies in our weakness. For defending
our land means first of all to hold on to it and to work on making it a
land of love and coexistence. We are also aware that all citizens from
all confessions suffer the same pain due to such acts, and we pray that
the Lord may strengthen them in their difficulties . We support them to
raise the voice high in refusing all sorts of violence tearing up our
countries and making our hearts bleed.
4- In this painful
situation, we can but call the whole world to try putting an end to the
Syrian crisis so that Syria becomes again a garden of love, security and
coexistence. Settling accounts should not happen at the expense of the
human beings who live here.
5- We also call all the churches in
the whole world to stand fast in the face of what is going on and
witness to their faith in the power of love in this world. It is
necessary to take steps that reflect their refusal to all kinds of
violence hitting the human beings living in the East.
take the opportunity to call our partners in citizenship, from all
islamic confessions, to stand hand in hand and work on refusing the
misuse of man and deal with him as a product, a shield in the battles or
a means for monetary or political bribery.
7- Finally we
address the kidnappers and tell them that those whom they kidnapped are
messengers of peace in this world. Their religious, social and national
work witnesses for them. We call them to deal with this painful accident
away from any tension that serves only the enemies of this country.
We pray the Lord in these blessed times so that this crisis quickly
ends and that the souls of all our brothers and sisters regain their
security and peace, so that our country enjoys the prosperity and peace
Patriarch Jon X Yazigi Patriarch Mar Ignatius Zakka I Iwas