Support for Abducted Syrian Hierarchs


Republished May 10: The Archdiocese encourages all of her members to show their continuing support for kidnapped archbishops Paul and John of Aleppo, first and foremost through heartfelt prayer. We also encourage people to sign and promote the online petition available here at the website of the White House, calling for United States government action on behalf of the abducted metropolitans. Please use the petition at this link.

Support and attention for Archbishop Paul and Archbishop John continues to grow. The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America has published their joint letter to US Secretary of State John Kerry here. The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese has published Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew's call for the release of the archbishops. The Russian Orthodox Church has published several statements, including the patriarchal message from Patriarch Kirill to Patriarch John X available here, along with the list of documents available below. Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church prayed for the release of the metropolitans, as announced here. The Archdiocese is grateful for these and all other ongoing efforts for the sake of Archbishop Paul and Archbishop John, and all our brothers and sisters suffering in the region.

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Letter of Patriarch Kirill to Patriarch John X50.42 KB
Letter of Metropolitan Hilarion to Patriarch John X58.49 KB
Letter of Patriarch Kirill to Mar Ignatius Zakka I Iwas38.8 KB
Letter of Metropolitan Hilarion to Mar Ignatius Zakka I Iwas48.89 KB
Letter of Patriarch Kirill to UN Secretary General Ki-moon53.63 KB
Letter of Patriarch Kirill to US President Obama56.15 KB
Letter of Patriarch Kirill to Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan58.05 KB