» 04/25/2013, 00.00
The two bishops of Aleppo still in kidnappers hands. The "dictatorship of the false information"
Negotiations with the kidnappers is ongoing, nothing yet known about the date of their alleged release. Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim, Syriac Orthodox bishop of the diocese of Aleppo and Msgr. Boulos Yaziji, were kidnapped on April 22, just 10 km from Aleppo, near the Turkish border. Greek-Melkite Bishop criticizes false information on the alleged release of prelates abounding in Western media. "Here there are men and women who risk their lives to affirm and tell the truth and and who resist bargaining with the rebels, religious groups, or regime."
Aleppo (AsiaNews) -
The two Orthodox bishops seized last April 22 in Kafr Dael, 10 km from Aleppo,
on the Turkish border are still in the hands of the kidnappers. Sources tell AsiaNews
that the negotiations are ongoing, nothing is yet known about the date of
their alleged release, or the identity of the kidnappers, probably Chechen
Syriac Orthodox Archbishop
Yohanna Ibrahim of the diocese of Aleppo and Greek orthodox Metropolitan Boulos
Yaziji, of the diocese of the city, were negotiating the release of two priests
Michel Kayyal (Armenian Catholic) and Fr. Maher Mahfouz (Greek-orthodox),
seized in February and still in the hands of the kidnappers.
These days all the churches in Aleppo, Catholic and Orthodox, are organizing
prayer vigils and masses for the salvation of the two prelates, the first to be
kidnapped in two years of civil war between the Bashar al-Assad regime and
archbishop Jean Clement Jeanbart, has told AsiaNews that over 1,000
faithful participate every afternoon at vigils for Msgr. Ibrahim and Msgr.
Yaziji in his cathedral and have been unsettled by recent conflicting
reports of their release. "These people - he said - depend on the information
of Western media, the only ones who still have credibility in our
country." However, for the prelate many international agencies prefer to
rely on information provided by outside agencies instead of checking the facts
on the ground, where the population is still able to communicate with the
months - he says - a dictatorship of" false information exists in Syria that
creates confusion and false hopes. "" The Western media - the prelate
continues - have a great responsibility cannot play with the lives and
consciences of the people. There are men and women here who risk their lives to
affirm and tell the truth and who will not stoop to bartering with religious
groups or rebels or the regime. "For the bishop every Christian,
especially if consecrated and a pastor, has the duty to witness to and follow
the path of truth in this land troubled not only by bombs, but also by hatred fomented
through the lies. (SC)
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Islamic State frees last group of Assyrian Christians of Hassaké
Confirmation in an official note of Acero, the Assyrian association that oversaw the negotiations for the release. Freed, for a fee, also the last 43 community members. To date there are more hostages in the hands of jihadists. In recent months three people had been executed.
Two Orthodox Bishops abducted by an armed group on the road to Aleppo
They are the Syriac Orthodox bishop of Aleppo, Msgr. Youhanna Ibrahim, and the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo and Iskenderun, Msgr. Boulos al-Yaziji. Their driver was killed on the outskirts of the city. State television accuses "terrorist groups", but the identity of the kidnappers is not clear. Some time ago, Msgr. Ibrahim had dennounced kidnappings and violence against Christians.
Mindanao Police: Fr. Sinnott in the hands of the MILF. But no confirmation so far
For the police the Irish missionary was delivered to Latip Jamat, MILF leader in Lanao del Norte. But AsiaNews sources will not confirm this. Filipino bishops: we pray for the health of Fr. Sinnott and for his release. Columban Missionaries exclude the possibility of paying a ransom.
Aleppo: two Orthodox bishops still captive, Christian neighbourhood shelled
For Mgr Jeanbart, Greek Melkite bishop of Aleppo, "Catholic and Orthodox religious authorities are working for the release of the two prelates." Their abduction remains a mystery. Mortars devastate one of the city's main Christian neighbourhoods, killing four.
26/04/2013 SYRIA - VATICAN
No sign of Orthodox bishops' release, fears of political blackmail grow
Sources tell AsiaNews they will believe in the release when they can see and talk to the two bishops. Delay is a sign that something went wrong. So far, Christians have not taken sides with either warring party. The pope calls for a political solution to the crisis. Western governments seek to arm the opposition. Accusations of nerve gas use could lead to US military intervention.
"I, a Muslim who converted to Christianity, rejected by family and society"
Speaking to AsiaNews, Anil Gomes (not his real name for security reasons) explains that he converted to Christianity after reading a passage from the New Testament. Since then he has lost every job. His body shows the wounds from assaults and murder attempts. "I cannot maintain my family. Pray for me".
CHINA - VATICAN
Rethinking China-Vatican accords (with a touch of irony)
Il prete eremita del Nord (华北的山人神父)
There are various discrepancies in discussions on relations between China and the Holy See. Despite the fact that there is still no public agreement, many commentators hotly discuss it as if it were common gossip. Even the bishops are often reduced to mere puppets; the lack of mutual trust between the two parties; the Taiwan issue: these are some of the problems outlined by the informed author, who calls himself "the hermit priest of the North" and is a very famous priest-blogger in China.
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