Syria's Catholic Leaders Call for All Kidnapped Christians to Be Released

NEW YORK – A meeting of Syria’s Catholic leaders made a dramatic call for all Christians abducted during the conflict in the country to be set free. Prompted by the release of kidnapped nuns from Maloula, Syria’s Assembly of Catholic Hierarchs issued the plea during a March 12 meeting in Rabweh, Lebanon.

A statement from the body–which is comprised of bishops from the Roman Catholic, Armenian Catholic, Maronite, Melkite and Syriac Catholic Churches–called for action for all those abducted during the Syrian conflict.

Speaking immediately after the release of the statement, the head of the assembly, Melkite Patriarch Gregorios III told international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need that the release of the sisters offers hope for other kidnapped Christians, including Syrian Orthodox Bishop of Aleppo Yohanna Ibrahim, who was kidnapped April 22, 2013.

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