Two Syrian bishops: Shepherds acting for the sake of their flock…are kidnapped
On the afternoon of April 22nd, Syrian Orthodox and Greek Orthodox Archbishops of Aleppo, Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yazigi were abducted on the road to Aleppo. They had made the dangerous trip seeking the safe release of two brother priests, Fathers Michel Kayyal (Armenian Catholic) and Maher Mahfouz (Greek Orthodox). This past Sunday, you might recall that the Gospel was “The Good Shepherd” (John 10:27-30). Jesus said that He is the Good Shepherd. Following the example of Jesus, the archbishops were willing to place their lives in jeopardy for the sake of the flock placed in their care. There has been no contact from them nor their abductors.
This is happening with terrible frequency in the Middle East. The many who are being held as hostages need our prayers and our dedicated support. Pray for the safety and freedom of Fathers Michel Kayyal and Maher Mahfouz and Archbishops Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yazigi.