Patriarch John X Yazigi Patriarch of Antioch and All the East for the Greek Orthodox met with Pope Francis in Vatican city, conveying to him the suffering of the Syrian people and their pain particularly the Christians, and the difficulties they faces in Syria and the Levant, pointing out that "peace in Syria can be achieved through dialogue not war."
Pope and Antioch Patriarch discussed the issue of two archbishops kidnapped in Aleppo and agree to move forward in achieving the unity of Christians.
Patriarch John in an interview with Vatican radio explained that he cleared to Pope the sorrows of Christians in Lebanon, Syria and the Levant, calling to find solutions and peace-building through dialogue, not war.
Patriarch Yazigi said "The Day of Prayer and Fasting for Syria, which Pope called for was very important and all Syrians pray for peace in Syria , Middle East and the world, and all countries and governments are invited to find a diplomatic and peaceful solution to this crisis."
It is noteworthy that patriarch Yazigi will attend Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square and meet Italian minister of Foreign Affairs and participate Saint "Ejido" conference for dialogue between religions, which will open during the weekend.