venerdì, febbraio 01, 2013


His Beatitude Louis Sako: the new Patriarch of the Chaldean Church

By Baghdadhope*

The new Patriarch of the Chaldean Church is Louis Sako, Archbishop of Kirkuk.
The piece of news, published in the early morning by the web site and by all the Chaldeans web sites and social networks in the world has been published also by the official web site of the Patriarchate.
Everyone is waiting now for the officialization by the Holy See that should be in a short time.


Monsignor Sako was born in a village near the town of Zakho on July 4, 1949, and began his studies in the Dominican Seminary dedicated to St. John in Mosul.
Ordained priest the first of June, 1974, he was subsequently sent to Rome where he obtained his doctorate in Eastern Christian Studies with the thesis:
"Christological Letter of the Oriental Syriac Patriarch Iso'yahb II Gdala" from the Pontifical Oriental Institute of Rome in 1983, and the license in Islamic Studies from the PISAI (Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies) in 1984. Afterwards he moved to Paris where he obtained his doctorate in history from the Sorbonne with a thesis entitled: "The role of the Eastern Syriac
hierarchy in the diplomatic relations between Persia and Byzantium between the VI and VII centuries" in 1986.
1986 to 1997 he served as priest in Mosul and afterwards he became Rector of the Major Seminary in Baghdad until 2001, teaching at the same time in Babel College, the only Christian Theological University in Iraq. On November 2003, he became Archbishop of Kirkuk.
Member of the
Foundation "Pro Oriente" in Vienna Bishop Sako is also councilor of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.
Author of
21 books and more than 200 articles in addition to Arabic and Sureth, his mother languages, he speaks Italian, French, English and German. He also studied Latin, Greek and Hebrew.
In 2008 he
received the "Defender of the Faith" award promoted by the popular Italian magazine of apologetics "Il Timone"; in 2010 the
Pax Christi International award promoted by the homonymous organization based in Brussels and in 2011 the Stephanus Prize promoted by the charity bearing the same name based in Frankfurt and linked to the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR).

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Errata Corrige: In the first release of the post Mons. Sako was indicated as the Archbishop of Mosul instead of Kirkuk. Baghdadhope is sorry for the mistake.

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