This is an update from the Antiochian Orthodox Church of North America. May God protect the Metropolitans.
On April 22, 2013, two bishops in Syria (one, the brother of the Patriarch of Antioch, John X. Yazigi), were kidnapped by armed gunmen in an area between Antioch, Turkey, and Aleppo, Syria. The Orthodox Church in America has commented on this crime:
Metropolitan Paul Yazigi of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Aleppo (brother of His Beatitude Patriarch John X of the Great City-of-God Antioch and all the East), and Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim of the Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese of Aleppo, were both abducted this morning, Monday, April 22nd, while they were traveling together on the road between Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) and the north Syrian city of Aleppo. The driver of the vehicle in which they were traveling was killed in the attack. Your prayers are requested.
Rumors of the Bishops’ release have turned out to be false, and they are in grave danger.
It is worth following the OCA website, as well as the site of the Antiochian Orthodox Church site, listed here.
Fr. John Brian weaves this with Mother’s Day and what is important to hold on to during this special time of year – at the same time recognizing what we need to let go.