Chaldean Catholic Patriarchate of Babylon

The Chaldean Catholic Patriarchate of Babylon (Latin: Patriarchatus Babylonensis Chaldaeorum), the patriarchate of the Chaldean Catholic Church, is based in the Cathedral of Mary Mother of Sorrows, Baghdad, Iraq. The current patriarch is Louis Raphaël I Sako. He is assisted by the archbishop of Erbil Shlemon Warduni and the Auxiliary Bishop of Baghdad Basel Yaldo.[4][5][6] Its cathedral is the Church of Mary Mother of Sorrows in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Louis Raphaël I Sako
elected 31 January 2013
HeadquartersBaghdad, Iraq
First holderSaint Thomas the Apostle as Patriarch of the Church of the East
DenominationChaldean Catholic Church
RiteEast Syriac Rite
EstablishedApostolic Era[1]
280 as Diocese of Seleucia-Ctesifonte[2]
1553 as Eastern Catholic Patriarchate[3]
CathedralCathedral of Our Lady of Sorrows

Chaldean Catholics are the majority of Assyrians in Iraq, an indigenous people of North Mesopotamia.[7][8][9][10][11]


The Chaldean Catholic Church over which the patriarchate presides is named after ancient Chaldæa. It is in full communion with the Holy See and the Catholic Church as a whole. It was first formed due to a dispute known as the Schism of 1552, which split the Church of the East into two religious factions.[12] The leadership of the part that entered communion with Rome broke off its relationship formally in 1662. In 1677, the Turkish civil authorities gave recognition bishop Joseph I (Chaldean Patriarch), who had become the leader of those who supported union with Rome. The Holy See recognized him as patriarch in 1680.[13] His residence was at Amid, known in Turkish as Diyarbakir. After the resignation of his third successor was accepted in 1781, a long period of sede vacante followed, during which the Holy See chose to confer the title of patriarch on neither of two rival candidates. This ended in 1830 with the appointment as Catholic patriarch of Yohannan VIII Hormizd.

The seat of the Catholic patriarchate was moved to Baghdad, Iraq in the mid-twentieth century. The current cathedral there, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Sorrows, was consecrated in 1898.

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  1. ^ Wilmshurst 2000, p. 4.
  2. ^ Wigram 1910, p. 42-44.
  3. ^ Chaldean Patriarchal See of Babylon
  4. ^ "Bishops appointed for Chaldean Church in Sydney, Toronto, Baghdad," by Catholic News, dated January 15, 2015
  5. ^ Declaration of the Chaldean Patriarchy on the Role of Chaldeans in the New Iraq, dated September 15, 2003. Archived 2018-09-06 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Sako Elected New Chaldean Patriarch," dated February 5, 2013
  7. ^ Opening Remarks by Chaldean Church’s Bishop Ibrahim at the General Chaldean National Conference in Southfield, Michigan on May 15, 2013.
  8. ^ Article entitled "Chaldeans in Metro Detroit" dated August 2011 by ABCNews, article found at "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-19. Retrieved 2013-09-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Iraqi Constitution, Article 125 Archived 2016-11-28 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ See BBC NEWS (March 13, 2008). "Who are the Chaldean Christians?". BBC NEWS, dated March 13, 2008.
  11. ^ Iraqi Christians’ long history, BBC News, November 1, 2010
  12. ^ "The Chaldaean race, which up to that time had been subject to the 'patriarch at Babylon' was divided into two parts"(A Chronicle of the Carmelites in Persia. Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1938, p. 382).
  13. ^ Wilhelm Baum, Dietmar W. Winkler, The Church of the East: A Concise History (RoutledgeCurzon, 2003), p. 119


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