His Holiness Mar Ignatius Zakka I Iwas
Patriarch of Antioch and All the East
Syrian Orthodox Church
I was deeply grieved to learn about the abduction of two Christian hierarchs in Aleppo - Metropolitan Boulos of Aleppo and Metropolitan Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, head of the Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese of Aleppo.
We have once again become witnesses of a brutal and cynical act committed by those whom some mass media try to present as champions of liberty and democracy. This terrible act clearly exposes the real goals of those who have unleashed bloody confrontation in Syria.
Our Church prays for the health and soonest release of the abducted hierarchs. In this hour, we stand together with all Syrian Christians, suffering and grieving.
With brotherly love in Christ,
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia
April 23, 2013