Please pray for kidnapped archbishops and priests in Syria
Tuesday 23 April: We have heard this morning that Syrian Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim and Greek Orthodox Archbishop Boulos Yazaji, both of Aleppo in Syria, were kidnapped by armed men last night. A statement from the Syrian Orthodox Church said Archbishop Ibrahim had been returning from an attempt to negotiate the release of two priests who had been taken hostage. Some reports suggested the archbishops were freed the day after their kidnapping, but the Syrian Orthodox Church said this was not the case and that they do not know their whereabouts.
Please remember these kidnapped archbishops and pray for their safe release, as well as for their driver who was killed in the attack.
Please also pray for Fr Michael Kayal, Fr Ishak Mahfoud and Fr Hassam Tabara, who were kidnapped in February, Fr Fadi Haddad who was kidnapped and murdered in November 2012, and seminarian Benjamin Camil, a seminarian training to be a deacon, who was killed by a bomb last month.
Show your prayerful solidarity for the persecuted Church
Prayer is a vital part of Aid to the Church in Need's work. It is the spiritual bond which unites us in faith, love and solidarity with persecuted and suffering Christians around the world.
Father Werenfried van Straaten with Daughters of the Resurrection Sisters
Seminarians at prayer in China
Chinese Catholics praying
Young Catholics at prayer in China
Father Werenfried van Straaten at an ACN Westminster event
Young altar servers in Africa
Father Werenfried van Straaten (1913-2003), founder of Aid to the Church in Need
Children praying in Egypt
A Sister prays to Our Lady in Lithuania
A young Father Werenfried van Straaten in the Holy Land
The transforming and healing power of your prayer will comfort and sustain all those who suffer persecution, oppression or discrimination because they believe in Christ.
Please show your solidarity for the persecuted Church today through individual or group prayer and Eucharistic devotion.