To Churches in Syria,
The 14th Assembly of the Conference of the European Churches, gathered in Budapest between 3-8 July 2013, sends to Your XX its greeting in the name of Triune God we all worship.
The Assembly in Budapest took note of the present situation in Syria, which affects the lives of all Syrians. We are aware of the difficulties you are going through. As brothers and sisters in our common Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, we express our solidarity with your Church and assure you that we are keeping you in our prayers.
The Assembly is aware of the kidnapping of His Eminence Metropolitan Yohanna Ibrahim of Aleppo, of the Syrian Patriarchate of Antioch, and His Eminence Metropolitan Boulos Yazigi of Aleppo and Alexandrette, of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch. We assure you that our entire constituency continues to pray for their safety and liberation. The assembly has also adopted a statement demanding the immediate release of the two Metropolitans who are messengers of peace and struggling for the good of all human beings.
May our Lord Jesus Christ who suffered and was crucified and resurrected for the salvation of the entire world bring peace upon Syria and the entire region.
Bishop Christopher Hill
President of CEC
On behalf of assembly