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Syrian Christians kidnapped

Munib Younan, Lutheran World Federation president and bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, condemned the April 22 kidnapping of two Syrian Christian leaders. Rebels kidnapped Metropolitan Paul Yazigi of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Aleppo and Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim of the Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese of Aleppo on the road from Antioch to Aleppo while the two were "with some of their priests and deacons, one of whom was killed as he was driving," Younan said. He called upon "all Arab and Middle East Christians and Muslims of good will to join forces for peace and justice in resolving this problem" and all world governments "to discontinue providing weapons for all sides in this conflict and demand a return to diplomatic relations so that people can live with dignity and their full human rights."


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