An appeal to the "conscience" of the kidnappers of the Ma'aloula nuns from the Greek - Orthodox patriarch Youhanna X Yazigi, joined by the Lebanese Maronite bishops, while the Land of the Cedars also asks that Christian and Muslim holy sites in Syria are considered "neutral zones " and that some historical places like Maaloula and Saydnaya be placed under the protection of UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.
New voices united to
that of Pope Francis for the liberation of the five nuns of the convent of
Santa Tecla, seized on Sunday by elements of al- Nousra Brigades , linked to
al-Qaeda and , it seems, brought to Yabroud . They
are mother Pelagia Sayyaf and four sisters.
appeal to the human conscience of all and all people of good will - the words
of the patriarch Youhanna X Yazigi - for the liberation of our religious sisters."
appeal to the conscience which the Creator has endowed all men, including the
kidnappers so that our sisters are safely released. We appeal to the
international community and to the rulers of the whole world to intervene in
favor of the release of the hostages. This abduction,
which continues despite all the contacts made, is a flagrant violation of human
dignity and the path of peace and prayer in Syria and throughout the Mashreq (
the Arab East , ed) . "
patriarch also calls for the release "of our orphans ," but in
reality they were moved from Maaloula some time ago.