Baghdad, Iraq, Aug 26, 2021 / 04:15 am
The Synod of the Chaldean Catholic Church has agreed to drop the word “Babylon” from the official title of its Iraq-based patriarchate.
A statement issued after a synod meeting in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on Aug. 9-14 said that the Chaldean Patriarchate of Babylon would now be known simply as the “Chaldean Patriarchate.”
“After discussion and deliberation, the Fathers unanimously agreed to adopt the name ‘Chaldean Patriarchate’ instead of the Patriarchate of Babylon over the Chaldeans, and they enthusiastically expressed their pride in their Chaldean identity,” the communique said.
The synod voted to change the patriarchate’s name because the term “Babylon” lacked a sound historical basis, reported Agenzia Fides, the information service of the Pontifical Mission Societies.