The Chaldean Patriarch: from Iraqi Premier full support to the Christian communities


Baghdad (Agenzia Fides) – A commitment, explicit and personal, to take charge of the defense of the Christian community in Iraq has been expressed by the Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al Abadi, in the afternoon of Sunday, November 2 in a meeting with the leaders of the Christian Churches in Baghdad. This was reported to Agenzia Fides by Chaldean Patriarch Raphael Louis I, who led the delegation of Bishops and prelates received by the Premier. “In the 40-minute talk – says to Fides the Primate of the Chaldean Church … Continue reading

Patriarch Sako Calls For ‘Real Communion’ With Suffering Iraqis


International Community, Muslim Leaders for Ineffective Action By Staff Reporter BAGHDAD, August 25, 2014 ( – The head of Iraq’s assembly of Catholic bishops has criticized indifference and ineffective action by the international community and Muslims in the face of atrocities carried out against Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq. In a statement issued August 24th, Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako observed that actions by the international community towards Iraq have so far “made no real change in the course of events and the fate of the these affected people … Continue reading

Act now before it’s too late


“If the situation does not change, the whole world should take responsibility [for] a slow genocide of an entire component ofIraqi society and its age-old culture.” – Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako of Baghdad By John Pontifex IRAQ’S most senior Christian leader has declared that the US and the EU have a moral obligation to flush out jihadist forces from the Nineveh plains and enable communities to return to their ancestral homes. In a statement today (Wednesday, 13th August 2014), Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako of Baghdad calls … Continue reading

Patriarch Sako: A Lenten Season of fasting and prayer that Christians in Iraq will not emigrate


Baghdad (Agenzia Fides) – “I ask you to fast and to offer prayers that Iraqi Christians will remain here in our country and not emigrate”. This pressing call was contained in a brief but heartfelt message, issued by Louis Raphaël I Sako, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon and head of the Head of the Assyrian Chaldean Catholic Church. The message was addressed in particular to Assyrian Chaldean Catholics but also to all Iraqi Christians in view of the approaching Season of Lent. “Our Christian identity” said the message, a copy … Continue reading