His Eminence, Metropolitan PAUL (Yazigi) Kidnapped Outside Aleppo
Your fervent prayers are requested for His Eminence, Metropolitan PAUL (Yazigi) of the Antiochian Archdiocese of Aleppo, Syria, who was kidnapped by armed men. Metropolitan PAUL is the brother of our Father in Christ, His Beatitude, Patriarch JOHN X.
According to information we received, Metropolitan PAUL was on the Turkish side of his archdiocese, which extends from Aleppo to Antioch (in Turkey). Along the road on their return to Aleppo, an armed group stopped them before they could arrive to the city, kidnapping the metropolitan. Metropolitan PAUL's office relates that he was not injured.
The photo shown above is His Eminence, Archbishop JOSEPH with His Eminence, Metropolitan PAUL on November 13, 2010 in Aleppo, Syria, when the Diocesan Delegation to Syria, Lebanon and Antioch visited the Archdiocese of Aleppo.
His Eminence, Archbishop JOSEPH has asked all the clergy and faithful of the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West to pray fervently for the safe release of His Eminence, Metropolitan PAUL.