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Chaldean bishops urge world leaders to 'liberate' lands controlled by Islamic State

February 09, 2015

The bishops of the Chaldean Catholic Church have called upon the international community to “liberate the occupied territories” of Iraq from the Islamic State.

Meeting in Baghdad, the Synod of the Chaldean Church urged the governments of Iraq and Kurdistan to provide support for refugee families. They urged international leaders to roll back the gains of the Islamic State and to “put in place the necessary measures to protect Christians and other Iraqis, so they all return to their homes and live in safety and with dignity.”

The bishops also attempted to ease a dispute that has broken out regarding the Chaldean eparchy of St. Peter, in California, regarding some priests and religious who are serving there after having left Iraq without formal permission from their superiors. The Synod urged the Chaldean community in California to “stick to the basics of their faith, to remain faithful to their Chaldean Church and to give priority to wisdom and love.”


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