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Confirmed: Kidnapped Syrian bishops still in custody

Catholic World News - April 25, 2013

Two Orthodox bishops who were kidnapped in Syria on April 22 remain in custody, Church officials have confirmed.

Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim and Greek Orthodox Bishop Boulos Yaziji, both of Aleppo, have not been released, despite early reports indicating that they were freed. Church officials are reportedly negotiating with the kidnappers, but have not yet identified them or determined their motives.

Christian churches in Syria, and especially in the region surrounding Aleppo, have joined in prayer vigils for the safe return of the two prelates. Melkite Catholic Archbishop Jean Clement Jeanbart decried the inaccurate reports that had caused “confusion and false hopes.” He remarked that Western media outlets “have a great responsibility; they cannot play with the lives and consciences of the people.”

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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Apr. 26, 2013 6:58 AM ET USA

    The words "in custody" normally mean the person(s) have been arrested and are legally held. Here the thugs who did this, probably of a similar persuasion to that of the Boston bombers, are anything but legal. They are kidnappers and news people should reword how they are talking about the kidnappers' crime. We don't want to concede to them any kind of legitimacy.

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