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New Chaldean patriarch says suffering, martyrdom can enrich Church in Iraq

March 07, 2013

Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako was formally enthroned on March 6 at Baghdad’s cathedral of St. Joseph, with Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki among those in attendance.

In his homily the new Chaldean leader spoke candidly about the trials Christians are facing in Iraq today. "What we have experienced in terms of suffering, tribulation and the bloodshed of our martyrs," he said, "can, if we want, incorporate us to the mystery of Christ, help to recognize the presence of God among us, strengthen our hope that the Holy Spirit changes and improves the hearts of men and women.”


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