The World Council of Churches (WCC) General Secretary, Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, has strongly condemned the abduction of two Syrian archbishops who were kidnapped on 22 April near Aleppo in Syria.
“We join with several heads of our member churches and together with them condemn this outrageous violation of human rights and ask for the immediate release of the two archbishops. Such events are a threat to all religious communities,” said Tveit.
“Archbishop Ibrahim and Archbishop Yazigi are prominent leaders in the Syrian society,” he said. “Through their commitment in various local, national and global initiatives they are well known as actors for peace and justice not only for the Christians of Syria but for all the Syrian people.”
In his statement Tveit has called upon the international community to work for the release of both archbishops.
“Together, we pray to God for the safety and security of God’s servants and all people of Syria. May God bring peace to Syria and to all the communities that are struggling for justice, peace and human dignity,” Tveit said in his statement.
Reuters said today (24 April) that despite earlier reports to the contrary, church sources in Damascus and Aleppo said that the two men had not been freed.