Here is a statement released Friday by the president of the US episcopal conference, regarding the kidnapping of two Syrian archbishops.
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The kidnappings of two archbishops in Syria and the murder of their driver continue to weigh heavily on the hearts of people of good will. The Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo and Iskanderun, Boulos Yazigi, and the Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Youhanna Ibrahim, remain in our prayers. Ironically, the two men were returning from a mission of mercy to aid Syrians suffering from the violence gripping their nation when they were accosted. We join with our Holy Father, Pope Francis, in “praying that they may return to their communities soon.” The kidnapping of two men of peace is a sign of the terrible violence that is destroying the fabric of Syrian society. We will continue to work through all channels with the Holy See, the diplomatic and international community and all agencies of good will. I plead for their release and for a political solution that ends the violence and protects the citizenship rights of all Syrians, including minorities.