Subject: Call to Prayer - For Our Captured Honorary President, His Companion Bishop and All Syrians
CALL FOR ALL IN THE RELIGIONS FOR PEACE FAMILY TO PRAY
—EACH ACCORDING TO HIS OR HER TRADITION—
FOR OUR CAPTURED HONORARY PRESIDENT, HIS COMPANION BISHOP AND ALL SYRIANS
Photo: (L) Metropolitan Ibrahim, (R) Metropolitan Yazji
Esteemed Colleague in Religions for Peace:
Greetings in Peace.
Allow me to call you as one linked with the Religions for Peace family to pray urgently—in accord with your own tradition—for Religions for Peace Honorary President Metropolitan Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim.
Yesterday, Metropolitan Ibrahim was kidnapped along with his brother Bishop, Metropolitan Boulos Yazji. Their driver, a deacon, was shot dead. The whereabouts of the two Bishops are currently unknown.
Please pray for the safe return of both Bishops in your own way.
The suffering in Syria is unbearably great and the situation there extremely grave. Already brave Syrian religious leaders across diverse traditions are working together to ensure that the violent conflict does not give rise to violence among Syria's diverse religious communities.
Please pray in your own way for all the Syrian people.
Multi-religious cooperation will be a vital key for a peaceful Syria. Religions for Peace is engaged with Syrian religious leaders as they take steps to build Religions for Peace-Syria.
With gratitude and in solidarity, I remain
Yours in partnership,
Dr. William F. Vendley
RELIGIONS FOR PEACE—the world's largest and most representative multi-religious coalition—advances common action among the world's religious communities for peace. Religions for Peace works to transform violent conflict, advance human development, promote just and harmonious societies, and protect the earth. The global Religions for Peace network comprises a World Council of senior religious leaders from all regions of the world; six regional inter-religious bodies and more than ninety national ones; and the Global Women of Faith Network and Global Interfaith Youth Network.
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