The safety and well-being of the Orthodox Christian Hierarchs who were abducted in Syria last week continue to be of great concern to His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco, as well as to Orthodox Christians throughout the world. An online petition has been established seeking the assistance of President Barack Obama and the United States government to intervene and use its influence to bring a swift and peaceful resolution to this serious situation. Archbishop Paul Yazigi and Archbishop Youhanna Ibrahim were abducted by armed rebels on April 23, 2013 in the suburbs of Aleppo, Syria.  Their driver was murdered and the Hierarchs were forced by the rebels to an unknown location, presumed to be in Syria or Turkey.

Our faithful are asked to join in unity by signing the petition, and encouraging others to also show their support.

Sign the petition now! As we gather in prayer during these last days of our journey through Great and Holy Lent, let us lift up Archbishop Paul Yazigi and Archbishop Youhanna Ibrahim, seeking God’s protection, and their safe return to their congregations to celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection.