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The Chaldean Extraordinary Synod Press Release

The Chaldean bishops held an extraordinary synod on February 7, 2015 at the patriarchal headquarters in Mansour, Baghdad. The synod was attended by the majority of bishops with the exception of few who could not attend for various reasons.
The bishops carefully studied the agenda in an atmosphere of freedom and collectiveness and they issued the below communiqué. On this occasion Patriarch Louise Sako invited the Syriac Catholic Archbishop Ignatius III Younan who was visiting Baghdad together with a delegation of bishops for lunch .He also invited Bishop Giorgio Lingua, the current Apostolic Nuncio to Iraq and his assistant. During the meeting they marked their concerns and opinions regarding the future of Christians in Iraq and the region.

The communiqué
The Chaldean Church Fathers, in the wake of the ordination of the new archbishops Mar Emmanuel Chalita and Mar Basil Yeldo, held an extraordinary synod chaired by his beatitude Patriarch Mar Louis Sako at the Patriarchate headquarters in Mansour, Baghdad on 7 February 2015.

1. The fathers discussed the matters of the Chaldean parish of St. Peter the Apostle in San Diego, USA. The bishops expressed their deep regret at the lack of responsiveness of Bishop Mar Sarhad Jammo, Bishop Mar Bawai Soro and some priests to the requirements of Church law and to the calls of the Patriarchate to promote unity, and enacting ecclesiastical laws, which had a negative reversal on the church and its believers. So that peace returns to the episcopacy and the believers return to it, the synod fathers unanimously took clear steps towards this sad situation for the good of the Chaldean church. The synod calls for all the faithful of the Diocese of St Peter to hold firm to their true faith and to be loyal to their Chaldean church and to rely on love and wisdom.

2- Regarding Bishop Saad Sirop, the fathers expressed their pain regarding comments made in social media regarding Bishop Sirop’s resignation from Babylon College, his request for one year sabbatical leave, his travel without waiting for an answer, not attending the ordination of two brothers, and for not attending the extraordinary synod. Synod fathers re- affirmed, that resorting to the ecclesiastical laws, in the face of some of the difficulties, is the protection of all. The fathers appointed Dr. Samer Souresho as acting Dean of Babyl Pontifical College.

3- The situation of the displaced families. The Synod Fathers expressed the solidarity of the Chaldean Church with the displaced families and will that it will stand strongly with our anxious, scared and perturb displaced nation with all its sects.It will employ all its capabilities to serve and lift their spirits, and to plant hope in their heart. The fathers praised the movements of the Patriarch and the bishops within and outside Iraq to embrace our afflicted children, to help and defend them. And thank all who extended their helping hand. On this occasion they demanded the central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government to allocate funds to support these displaced families who were robbed of their property and money by Daeesh (Isis).Additionally, to emphasis on the national forces, at home and abroad, to unite their efforts in order to liberate the occupied territories as soon as possible, with the exercise of the necessary pressure so that to offer protection for Christians and other Iraqis to return to their homes and live in safety and dignity. The fathers expressed their sorrow to what is happening in Syria and their solidarity with its people. They ask everyone to pray so that peace and stability returns to the region.

4. With regard to the Chaldean Association, which the patriarch was determined to create, and because the fast-moving events was not able to set it up.But it’s formation remains necessary for the good of our people in all parts of the world. The Chaldean Association is a civil association concerned with the social and cultural affairs of the Chaldeans. It is an independent literary figure – and its activities do not interfere with the orientations of the faith and pastoral directions of the Church. The fathers have adopted the draft rules of procedure in the light of the proposals received as published below. The Patriarch has appointed Bishop Shlimoon Wardoni and Bishop Basil Yaldo to prepare for the founding conference.

5. On the occasion of the commemoration of the massacres of our people in such a year, a century ago, which were dubbed “the sword – Safar Birlik”, it was necessary to remember our martyrs and parishes that were wiped. Therefore, the Synod Fathers decided to nominate the first Friday after Easter a day to celebrate this anniversary and that it will be called “Friday of martyrs and confessors in faith” instead of “Friday of the confessors”. This year the celebration will be on April 10.Masses will be held together with social and cultural activities throughout our parishes. A new book binder will be published to commemorates the history of the massacres and the most prominent victims of them such as Bishops Addai Sheer, Toma Udo,Jacob Oraham and others.

6. Formation of the Patriarchate Court of Appeal to consider cases related to issues pertaining to the Chaldean clergy. Bishop Michel Qasarji has been elected to organise and supervise it
In conclusion, everyone lifted their prayers to the Lord Almighty in order that a just peace dwells in Iraq and the region so that everyone can live in dignity and pride.
Archbishop Joseph Thomas,
Secretary General of the Synod of the Chaldean Patriarchate

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