On April 22, 2013, our loved one, Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, the Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo, was taken by unknown individuals in Syria, near the Syrian-Turkish border. With him, and also taken, was Boulos (Paul) Yazigi, the Greek Orthodox Bishop.
Among his several works and duties as Archbishop, Mor Gregorios promoted pluralism and coexistence worldwide. He is a man of peace and goodwill, and a loyal servant to the Syriac Orthodox Church in all corners of the World. When he was taken it was a direct attack on these peaceful ideals. He has dedicated his life to helping those in need, to include past kidnap victims in a politically unstable region; and now he has been taken himself.
Five years have passed since he was taken, but we continue to work hard to reach a happy ending where Mor Gregorios returns to his family and the church. This is despite the many difficulties we face and the sudden obstacles that emerge from the dramatic clashes in the region.
Our aim through this page is to allow anyone who has any old or new information regarding Mor Gregorios, or Boulos Yazigi, to share it with us in order to work together in efforts to secure their freedom and provide them with special care. We seek with all that we can do to bring them back to their homelands and allow them to continue their mission of peace and goodwill for all individuals.
Your willingness to share any information regarding this case will help bring the bishops back to their families and churches.
If you have any information, we ask that you please contact us at [email protected].
The Family of Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim