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Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako (second from left), patriarch of the Chaldean Church, returned to Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, after being absent from his patriarchal seat since July 2023. Along with Bishop Thomas Mirm (right), the patriarch made his way to the Patriarchal Palace, where Bishops Shlimon Warduni (not pictured) and Basilios Yaldo (left) welcomed him, joined by priests from Baghdad's archdiocese.

Cardinal Sako returns to Baghdad at invitation of Iraqi prime minister

Apr 15, 2024

By Georgena Habbaba

Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako, patriarch of the Chaldean Church, returned to Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, after being absent from... Read more

Archbishop Bashar Warda speaking at the R20 Summit in Indonesia, Nov. 2, 2022

Iraqi archbishop calls for courageous dialogue among religions, end to violent persecution

Nov 3, 2022

By AC Wimmer

Addressing the Group of Twenty’s first-ever forum on religion on Nov. 2, Archbishop Bashar Warda drove home the need for... Read more

Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Iraq speaks at Georgetown University on Feb. 15, 2018.

Iraqi archbishop: We must ensure ISIS genocide is not repeated

Jul 16, 2021

By Matt Hadro

Grateful for aid to Iraqi Christian genocide victims, the Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Erbil says more must be done to... Read more

Pope Francis incenses a once-desecrated statue of the Virgin Mary from Karemlesh during his Mass in Erbil, Iraq, March 7, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis blesses Marian statue desecrated by Islamic State

Mar 8, 2021

A statue of the Virgin Mary that had been desecrated by the Islamic State was present at Pope Francis’ Mass... Read more

Vida Hanna, director of public and international relations at The Catholic University in Erbil, who is coordinating Pope Francis March 7 Mass in Erbil. Credit: Alejandro Bermudez/CNA.

Papal Mass in Erbil 'nothing short of a miracle'

Mar 5, 2021

By Alejandro Bermudez

When Vida Hanna was told by the Archbishop Bashar Warda of the Chaldean Archeparchy of Erbil that Pope Francis was... Read more

A picture taken Jan. 8, 2020 in Bardarash in the Dohuk governorate shows shrapnel from a reportedly Iranian missile initially fired at Iraqi bases housing US troops.

Archbishop Warda: US-Iran tensions threaten Iraq's Christian communities

Jan 8, 2020

By Courtney Mares

After Iran attacked an air base in Erbil early Wednesday, the Chaldean Archbishop of Erbil said the current tensions between... Read more

Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, March 28, 2015.

Iraqi archbishop reflects on Christian community five years after ISIS takeover

Aug 6, 2019

Five years on from the conquering of Christian communities in Iraq by the so-called Islamic State, Christians in the country... Read more

Archbishop Bashar Warda of the Chaldean Archeparchy of Erbil.

Iraqi archbishop remains hopeful: 'there will always be Christians' here

Oct 27, 2016

Iraqi Christians stranded in Kurdistan have some reason for hope, now that the battle for Mosul and the Nineveh Plane... Read more

Jean-Clement Jeanbart, Melkite Archbishop of Aleppo, speaks at the KoC Conference in Philadelphia, while Bashar Warda, Chaldean Archbishop of Erbil, looks on, Aug. 4, 2015.

If you won't help our people stay, help them leave - Catholic bishops from the Middle East

Aug 5, 2015

By Mary Farrow

Catholic archbishops from Iraq and Syria said Tuesday that while they hope to help their people stay in the Middle... Read more

Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil in his cathedral city, March 28, 2015.

Among the ruins of Iraq, Christians' faith burns brightly

Jun 8, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Despite the potential threat from the nearby Islamic State, several monks and students in northern Iraq have found refuge in... Read more

Zuzana Dudova (center) and her 'charity batallion' at the St. Elizabeth Clinic for displaced persons in Erbil, Iraq.

Slovak 'Charity Battalion' aids displaced Christians in Iraq

Apr 9, 2015

It seems to be just another house in the city of Ozar on the outskirts of the Iraqi city of... Read more

Archbishop Bashar Warda of the Chaldean Archeparchy of Erbil, whither many Christians from Mosul have fled in recent weeks.

Iraqi bishop urges prayer as Christians expelled from Mosul

Jul 21, 2014

By Kate Veik

On the eve of an ultimatum issued by Islamists to Christians in the Iraqi city of Mosul, the Chaldean bishop... Read more