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IRAQ - UNITED STATES
Patriarch Sako: mourning and prayer for Card Delly who kept us united in dark times
The patriarch emeritus dies at the age of 87 years, after leading the Chaldean Patriarchate in one of Iraq's most difficult periods. Mar Sako remembers how "he was able to encourage the community and remained faithful to its mission." A memorial Mass will be celebrated In Baghdad, whilst the funeral might take place in the United States.
Patriarch Delly sees ray of hope in al-Zarqawi's demise and in appointment of last Iraqi ministers
Six months since the elections the new prime minister appoints ministers to key defence and interior portfolios. Al-Qaeda confirms death of its chief operative in Iraq. Bush and Blair express satisfaction, but no one is under any illusion that terrorism is defeated.
17/10/2007 IRAQ – VATICAN
An honour for Patriarch Delly and the persecuted Church in Iraq
First comments are expressed after the Patriarch of Baghdad is appointed cardinal. “It is a sign of the Pope’s paternal feelings towards the Iraqi people.”
In Iraq Christians want to rebuild the nation together with their “Muslim brothers”
P. Saad Hanna Sirop, one of the first Chaldean priests to have been abducted in Baghdad and ex director of the Babel College, reiterates that the persecution underway in Iraq is not exclusive to Christians, but also targets Shiites and Sunnis. The priest’s observations come in the wake of the Chaldean Churches unanimous rejection of the Nineveh Plains project. There is a need to avoid sectarian and divisive declarations, and to promote “universal action for the common good of the country, which is the patrimony of all humanity”.
Patriarch Delly: World has forgotten Iraqi Christians
In the aftermath of the murder of the priest Paulos Eskandar, the Chaldean patriarch denounced the indifference of the international community which, coupled with persecution, threatens to "empty" the Middle East of its Christian communities.
Archbishop of Kirkuk says bombs will not kill hope or stop dialogue
Following yesterday’s two attacks against the Chaldean cathedral and a Syro-Orthodox Church, Msgr. Sako speaks of a “political message aimed at Christians” and guarantees that “our commitment to building peaceful coexistence will not stop”. Appeal to the faithful of the world: we will not give in but we need your prayers.
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