HB Patriarch Sako Sent a Thank you Letter to Cardinal Mar George Alencherry the Major Archbishop of Syro-Malabar Church in India
Words are not enough to express thanks and gratefulness on behalf of myself and my brother bishops who accompanied me during this visit: Mar Yousif Toma Mirkis, Mar Habib Al-Nawfaly and Mar Basilios Yaldo. It was really a great honor to participate in the Silver Jubilee celebration of the promotion of Malabar Church to a Major Archbishop, and an opportunity to meet with your Beatitude and members of the Holy Synod to exchange ideas, enrich and broaden our minds in a way that takes us back to our historical bonds, tradition, and common “Oriental” roots.
Despite the shortness of this trip (10 to 16 January 2018), we think it has opened the door widely for cooperation between St. Thomas Christians and the Chaldean Church; encouraged us to renew the spiritual and liturgical heritage that we share; as well as focusing on the formation of our clergy.
We are really proud of the Apostolic Malabar Church, in terms of the progress, prosperity and its presence in many countries around the world following the steps of St. Thomas, the Apostle and his brave confession of faith “My Lord and my God: “Mar Wa Allah”. This significant profession, following the resurrection of Jesus, empowers us with a distinctive authentic, deep and spontaneous perception, to work enthusiastically in spreading the Good News, same as St. Thomas did, by travelling long distances in order to share the love of Jesus Christ with others.
We look forward to seeing you in Iraq, in order to hit the ground running and open the horizons up for a better future for both pastoral missions. I believe it is God’s will to initiate this relationship, particularly at this time, that the Lord has blessed your Church with great numbers of priests, monks and nuns, to assist our persecuted Chaldean Church, which is suffering from the shortage in clergy and nuns, due to successive wars and emigration. Thank God for His blessings, it seems like an echo of the past when our Church supported your Church by sending bishops, priests and monks until the sixteenth century.
Thank you again with best regards,
+ Louis Raphael Sako
Patriarch of Chaldeans