Kidnapped Aleppo Bishops – update

Al-Bawaba: Acting President of the Syrian National Coalition George Sabra said Wednesday that the two Orthodox archbishops kidnapped in Syria were being held in a small village northwest of Aleppo by a rebel group. In a telephone conversation with Kataeb Party leader Amin Gemayel, Sabra said that Aleppo’s Greek Orthodox Archbishop Paul Yazigi and Syriac Orthodox…

Statement by both Patriarchs of Antioch & All the East

Statement issued by the Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East for the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East of the Syriac Orthodox Church On Monday, 22 April 2013, we were taken by surprise at the news that our brothers Bishop Paul (Yazigi) of Aleppo and Alexandretta and Bishop John (Ibrahim) Syriac Orthodox…

Release Reports False!

A statement from the website of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America states: There have appeared many reports in both the Eastern and Western press that the two hierarchs who were abducted yesterday by terrorists in Syria, Metropolitan Boulos Yazge, Antiochian Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo, and Archbishop Youhanna Ibrahim, Syriac Archbishop of Aleppo,…

Two kidnapped Syrian bishops freed: church official

(Reuters) – Kidnappers freed two Syrian bishops on Tuesday who had been abducted in the northern city of Aleppo, a church official said, but the identities of their kidnappers remained uncertain. “The two are on their way to the patriarchy in Aleppo,” Bishop Tony Yazigi told Reuters in the capital Damascus. Yazigi, a relative of…

Rebels kidnap two Aleppo bishops

[22/04/13] Two Aleppian bishops were kidnapped by Syrian rebels in the outskirts of the city Monday evening, Lebanon’s National News Agency reported.  The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, which recieved news of the kidnapping of the two metropolitans this evening, will not issue any statement before tomorrow, pending their receiving complete and precise information about the kidnapping. The…

Axios! Youhanna X, New Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch!

His Grace the Metropolitan Archbishop, Jerome Lloyd OSJV today sent greeting to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch upon the election of  His Beatitude Metropolitan Youhanna al-Yaziji as the new Greek Orthodox Patriarch of the Levant and Antioch. He will succeed late Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim, who passed away on December 5. He will be known as Patriarch…

Patriarch of Antioch “Memory Eternal” RIP

It is with great sadness that we report that His Beatitude Ignatius IV (1920-2012), Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, fell asleep in the Lord today, December 5th, 2012, at St. George Orthodox Hospital in Beirut Lebanon, after having suffered a stroke earlier this week. There are no details yet available regarding services or the funeral, but…

ORCCE Metropolitan to speak about contemporary martyrdom and Syria

U.S.-backed rebels are committing Christian genocide in Syria, where they are sacking churches and issuing threats that all Christians will be cleansed from rebel-held territory. A mass exodus of thousands of Christians is taking place, even as mainstream Western reporters like Robert Fisk demonize those same Christians for being supportive of the secular regime. With Syrian President Bashar al-Assad…