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Chaldean Patriarch returns to Baghdad, ending dispute with government

June 13, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako has returned to Baghdad, ending a self-imposed exile that began when the Iraqi government refused to recognize his status as the head of the Chaldean community.

Cardinal Sako had moved to Erbil in July 2023 after the government repealed a decree that had recognized the Patriarch of Baghdad. He returned after Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa al-Sudani acknowledged the “appointment” of Cardinal Louis Sako as Patriarch of the Chaldean Church “in Iraq and in the world,” with the authority to control the properties of the Chaldean Church.

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