Father Albert Hisham – The Chaldean Patriarchate Media Administrator: In the presence of Bishops and priests and nuns, Muslim clerics and officials in the Iraqi Government, His Beatitude Patriarch Mar Louis Raphael Sako opened, on 13 January 2014, the medical complex of Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Chaldean Patriarchate in the Baladiyat area of Baghdad.
After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, His Excellency Auxiliary Bishop Shlemon Warduni explained the sections of the Complex (outpatient clinic) to the attendees, and gave a short speech thanking God for this project, which has gone through many difficulties to achieve what it is now. He thanked all those who contributed to its establishment and particularly the Endowment Office for Christian, Yazidiyyah and Sabians Mandaeism religions.
This project, His Excellency explained, was dedicated for the elderly when opened in 2010, but later turned into an idea of a hospital, where the outpatient clinic was completed to date, hoping to complete the rest of the project in the future. The Church aims from this hospital, as His Excellency Bishop Warduni expressed, to serve the whole community of all sects and religions.
At the beginning of his speech, His Beatitude Patriarch Sako congratulated fellow brothers the Muslims on the occasion of the Prophet’s Birth wishing that it would be a chance to sow peace and stability in Iraq. He stressed the importance of human, his service and to give him the priority in different church’s projects that aim to make a reality for the words of Jesus: “I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full” (John 10:10).
The opening ceremony was attended by His Excellency the Nuncio (Vatican Ambassador) Archbishop Giorgio Lingua, and Bishop Jack Isaac, Bishop John Solomon, Bishop Ephrem Abba, and Father Mina Al-Orshalimi. Also attended: Two Iraqi Parliament deputies, Mr. Yunadim Kanna and Mr. Imad Yokhanna, His Excellency the Minister of Environment, Mr. Sargon Lazar, the President of the Endowment Office, Mr. Raad Jalil, and a number of Muslim clerics in the Baladiyat area who praised this vital project and the role of Christians in the country. The opening ceremony was also attended by Mr. Ghaleb Mansour, Director of The Nuns Hospital in Karrada, and the Director of the new medical complex.
The complex also has a pretty Church, where the audience gathered for the opening speeches, plus medical departments equipped with the latest medical equipment and efficient doctors working in a good humanitarian spirit with everyone, without exception. This project is a sign of hope in Baghdad amid the difficult circumstances.