So many churches and individuals have, and are praying for these two Metropolitans...
Whereabouts of kidnapped Metropolitans determined, according to Lebanese security service chief
kidnapped in April this year, has almost been
determined. "Indirect negotiations" with the
kidnappers on release of the Bishops have begun,
This was reported by general Abbas Ibrahim, chief of
the Lebanese security service, who also stressed that the
situation surrounding release of the abducted
Metropolitans was "very difficult".
"About a month ago I had a contact with a
person who told me where the Metropolitans Paul Yazigi and
Johanna Ibrahim were,” said general Ibrahim.
“We started negotiations for their liberation. At
the moment we are holding indirect negotiations with the
abductors, and that is very important for achieving the
results we hope for".
Two Metropolitans of the Syrian city of Aleppo
(Haleb)— the Orthodox Hierarch Paul Yazigi (brother
of Patriarch of Antioch John X) and the Syriac Hierarch
Gregorios Johanna Ibrahim—were abducted on April 22
not far from the border between Syria and Turkey. Nobody
has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping since
Last week, during the negotiations in Doha (Qatar),
in which the present Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros
al-Rahi and general Ibrahim participated, the emir of
Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said that he would do his
best to effect the release the kidnapped
02 / 11 / 2013