To the Chaldean Diocese in Tahran, Iran
Dear Fathers, Nuns, Daughters and Sons of the Blessed Diocese of Tahran
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 1/3)
I understand your difficult situation, in terms of healthcare and living expenses due to the blockade (embargo) opposed on your country. Hence, I value your faith and your commitment and urge you to work together as a team towards unity, honesty in serving each other with unconditional love. We pray in a hope that you will be back to your normal life, after this “storm”.
In the meantime, every one of you is responsible, until the upcoming synod, and the election of a new capable bishop who can serve you with love fairness and humility.
Also, I have requested from His Excellency, Mons. Leo Boccardi, the Apostolic Nuncio in Iran to be close to you and help you overcoming any problem.
From my side, please be assured that I will keep an eye on Tahran diocese and serve you as much as I can.
United in Christ
† Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako
Patriarch of the Chaldean Church