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Chaldean Catholic patriarchate drops ‘Babylon’ from title

August 23, 2021

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CWN Editor's Note: The Chaldean Catholic Church, traditionally known as the “Patriarchate of Babylon of the Chaldeans,” has changed its title to simply the “Chaldean Patriarchate.” The change, approved by the Chaldean bishops’ synod, reflects historical reality, the Synod explained: “Babylon was the capital of the Babylonian empire, and it was never an episcopal or patriarchal seat and is now an Iraqi-Muslim city.” The Synod noted that while some Chaldean Catholics have protested the change, those protests came exclusively from Catholics now living outside Iraq, where the Chaldean Church is centered; in Iraq “no one opposed the decision.”

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