Patriarch Aphrem II Elected President of the Middle East Council of Churches

Syriac Orthodox Church - September 2016 At the voting session of the XI General Assembly of the Middle East Council of Churches, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II was elected President of the Council for the Oriental Orthodox Family of Churches. Their Beatitudes Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East John X, Chaldean Patriarch ...

Chaldean Patriarch: Kurdish Constitution Should Mention Christians

Fides News Agency  - May 2015 In view of the parliamentary debate on the adoption of the Constitution of the Autonomous Region of Iraqi Kurdistan, Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I intends to open a free and serene debate on the formulas which in the constitutional text will indicate members of the various Christian communities as full ...

Chaldean Patriarch: State Secularism and Religious Freedom Answer to Fundamentalist Barbarism

By Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako - 1/5/15 Baghdad -- Chaldean Patriarch Mar Louis Raphael I Sako has just returned home from Beirut (Lebanon), where he took part in a meeting on 27 April with the leaders of the Syriac Catholic and Syriac Orthodox Churches, including Patriarchs Ignatius Joseph III Younan and Ignatius Ephrem II. At the ...

Chaldean Patriarch Addresses UN Security Council on Persecution of Christians

28/3/15 (AINA) -- Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako, the Patriarch of the Chaldean Church of Babylon, addressed the United Nations Security Council today on the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, particularly Iraq and Syria. The meeting, sponsored by France, which currently holds the council chair, addressed the issue of persecution of Christians by ISIS and other ...

Chaldean Patriarch: a Law Against Preachers Who Incite Violence is Needed

Fides News Agency - 18/3/15 Baghdad -- In Iraq, bloodied by sectarian strife and in the hands of jihadists, a law to prosecute religious preachers who incite violence and therefore threaten the peaceful coexistence of citizens belonging to religions and different denominations needs to be enacted. This is the request addressed to the Iraqi Parliament by the ...

Chaldean Patriarch: Iraq is a ‘Humanitarian Catastrophe’ – Urgent Action Needed

11/3/15 By Louis Raphael I Sako Baghdad -- The Kurdish peshmerga forces, backed by US air strikes, have launched a new offensive against the militia of the Islamic State in Kirkuk, a town in northern Iraq's oil-rich and strategically important province. The peshmerga are advancing from the south-west towards the center, to crush the jihadist militias who, ...

Chaldean Patriarch Urges Moderate Muslims to Challenge Extremist Acts

Archbishop Louis Sako is the patriarch of the Iraq-based Chaldean Church, one of the world

Catholic News Service - 22/1/14 VIENNA -- Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad implored moderate Muslims to reject "terrorism in the name of religion" and step up to challenge the actions of Islamic State militants against minority communities in Iraq. During an international conference of Muslim and Christian leaders, Sako called the situation in Iraq an "unprecedented ...

Chaldean Patriarch and Speaker of Parliament: Christians Essential to Iraq’s Future

Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako and the Speaker of the Iraqi parliament Salim al-Jubouri.

By Joseph Mahmoud Asia News Baghdad -- Appreciation for the role played by the Chaldean Patriarchate in the promotion of peace and coexistence; a strong condemnation of the violence against Christians in Mosul and the Nineveh Plain, where about 500 thousand people have fled as a result of the advance of the Islamic State, which has founded ...

Chaldean Patriarch Appeals to ‘Conscience of the World’

Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako - 26/8/14 Iraqi Christians along with other minorities have received a fatal blow at the core of their lives and their existence whether through displacing more than a hundred thousand Christians by force, or looting their possessions, money, and documents, or occupying their houses for just being Christian! I visited the camps ...

Chaldean Patriarch overjoyed at release of nuns and children, “they are well”

Chaldean Patriarch overjoyed at release of nuns and children, “they are well”

17/7/14 Mar Louis Raphael I Sako delivers some "good news" in a country torn apart by war, violence and division. He explains that "contact" was made by "the people of the city" who contributed "to their release”. No ransom was paid. They have returned to Dohuk, Iraqi Kurdistan. IRAQ, Baghdad (AsiaNews) - "I am overjoyed at the ...