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| liturgy = East Syriac Rite| headquarters = Cathedral of Mary Mother of Sorrows, Baghdad, Iraq| origin_link =List of Chaldean Catholic Patriarchs of Babylon>Patriarch Shimun VIII Yohannan Sulaqa butTraces ultimate origins to Thomas the Apostle and the Apostolic Age through Saint Addai>Addai and MariSchism of 1552>1552 (1830)| founded_place = Amid (Mosul), Ottoman Empire| separated_from = | parent = | merger = | absorbed = Church of the East (1552)| separations = Assyrian Church of the East (1692)| merged_into = | defunct =| congregations_type =| congregations = | members = 628,405 (2017) The Eastern Catholic Churches 2017| ministers_type =| ministers = | missionaries =| churches =| hospitals = | nursing_homes = | aid = | primary_schools = | secondary_schools = | tax_status =| tertiary = Church of Assyria and MosulChaldean Catholic Patriarchate of Babylon>Chaldean Patriarchate| publications =}}| slogan =| logo =| footnotes = }}{{Eastern Catholicism}}File:Chaldean Sacred Heart Church & Chaldean Center of America.JPG|thumb|A historic church and community center built in Chaldean town, a Chaldean diaspora neighborhood in DetroitDetroitFile:Rabban Hurmizd.jpg|thumb|The main and most historically significant monastery of the Chaldean Catholic Church, Rabban Hormizd Monastery, in the mountains northeast of AlqoshAlqoshThe Chaldean Catholic Church (, ʿīdtha kaldetha qāthuliqetha; Arabic: الكنيسة الكلدانية al-Kanīsa al-kaldāniyya; ) is an Eastern Catholic particular church (sui juris) in full communion with the Holy See and the rest of the Catholic Church, with the Chaldean Patriarchate having been originally formed out of the Church of the East in 1552. Employing the East Syriac Rite in Syriac language in its liturgy, it is part of Syriac Christianity by heritage. Headquartered in the Cathedral of Mary Mother of Sorrows, Baghdad, Iraq, since 1950, it is headed by the Catholicos-Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako. It comprises 640,828 members,WEB
, Ronald Roberson
, The Eastern Catholic Churches 2016
, Catholic Near East Welfare Association
, 29 November 2016, Information sourced from Annuario Pontificio 2016 edition mostly Chaldean Christians living in northern Iraq, with smaller numbers in adjacent areas in northeastern Syria, southeastern Turkey and northwestern Iran, a region roughly corresponding to ancient Assyria. There are also many Chaldeans in diaspora in the Western world.
The background of the Chaldean Catholic Church is the Chaldean Patriarchate of the Church of Assyria and Mosul, formed out of the Church of the East in 1552 by Patriarch Shimun VIII Yohannan Sulaqa, recognized as "of the Chaldeans" by the Holy See in 1553. However, his successors in the 17th and 18th centuries provoked a time of turbulence, with splits of varying connections to the Papacy. More than one claimant to the Catholic patriarchal seat left the Catholic Church unable to recognise either. In one patriarchal line, hereditary status of the office was reintroduced and relations with Rome formally broken, with this line eventually forming the Assyrian Church of the East in 1692. Subsequently, however, the two then-remaining Catholic successors of the original patriarchal line unified in 1830 in Mosul, remaining in uninterrupted full communion with Rome until this day.Despite being known as "Chaldeans", their followers are generally accepted to be indigenous Eastern Aramaic-speaking Assyrian people,Aziz Suryal Atiya (1968), A History of Eastern Christianity London: MethuenRassam, H. (1897), Asshur and the Land of Nimrod LondonSoane, E.B. To Mesopotamia and Kurdistan in Disguise John Murray: London, 1912 p. 92{{harvnb|Wigram|1929}}Dalley, Stephanie (1993) Nineveh After 612 BC Alt-Orientanlische Forshchungen 20 p.134Printed in Nabu Magazine, Vol. 3, Issue 1 (1997)"I began to make inquiries for the Syrians. The people informed me that there were about one hundred families of them in the town of Kharpout, and a village inhabited by them on the plain. I observed that the Armenians did not know them under the name which I used, Syriani; but called them Assouri, which struck me the more at the moment from its resemblance to our English name Assyrians, from whom they claim their origin, being sons, as they say, of Assour who 'out of the land of Shinar went forth, and build Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah, and Resin between Nineveh and Calah."Intellectual Domination and the Assyrians, Nineveh Magazine, Vol. 6 No. 4 (Fourth Quarter 1983), published in Berkeley, California.Korbani, Agnes G. (1995), The Political Dictionary of the Modern Middle East, Lanham, Md.: University Press of AmericaHitti, Philip Khuri (1957), History of Syria, including Lebanon and Palestine Macmillan; St. Martin's P.: London, New York although a minority of Chaldeans (particularly in the United States) have in recent times began to espouse an identity from the land of Chaldea, extant in southeast Mesopotamia between the 9th and 6th centuries BC, despite there being no accredited academic study or historical record which supports this.Parpola, Simo (2004). "National and Ethnic Identity in the Neo-Assyrian Empire and Assyrian Identity in Post-Empire Times" (PDF). Journal of Assyrian Academic Studies (JAAS) 18 (2): 22.Mar Raphael J Bidawid. The Assyrian Star. September–October, 1974:5.Travis, Hannibal. Genocide in the Middle East: The Ottoman Empire, Iraq, and Sudan. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2010, 2007, pp. 237–77, 293–294In 2015, while the patriarchate of the Assyrian Church of the East was vacant following the death of Dinkha IV, the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako proposed a "merger", or reunion, of the Chaldean Catholic Church with the other denominations that trace their origins to the Church of the East: the Assyrian Church of the East and the Ancient Church of the East, in order to recreate one united "Church of the East" with a single patriarch in full communion with the Pope."Chaldean Patriarch gambles on re-establishing 'Church of the East'” La Stampa 25 June 2015. Accessed 11 May 2017. These efforts were stranded, however, when the Assyrian Church of the East decided to elect a new patriarch.


Background: the Church of the East

The Chaldean Catholic Church traces its beginnings to the Church of the East, which it considers to have been founded between the 1st and 3rd centuries in Asōristān, a province of the Sasanian Empire. In the 5th century BC, this region was the birthplace of the Syriac language and Syriac script, both of which remain important within all strands of Syriac Christianity as a liturgical language, similar to how Latin or Koine Greek may be used in the Latin Church or Greek Orthodoxy, and the Old Church Slavonic (also called Old Bulgarian) in the Slavic Orthodoxy. The Church of the East was considered an Apostolic church established by Thomas the Apostle, Thaddeus of Edessa, and Bartholomew the Apostle. Saint Peter, chief of the apostles, added his blessing to the Church of the East at the time of his visit to the See at Babylon in the earliest days of the church when stating, "The elect church which is in Babylon, salutes you; and Mark, my son." (1 Peter 5:13).WEB,weblink Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East,, 2016-05-15, St Peter, the chief of the apostles added his blessing to the Church of the East at the time of his visit to the see at Babylon, in the earliest days of the church: '... The chosen church which is at Babylon, and Mark, my son, salute you ... greet one another with a holy kiss ...' ( I Peter 5:13–14)., Although considered founded in the 1st century by the adherents of its legacy, the Church first achieved official state recognition from Sasanian Iran in the fourth century with the accession of Yazdegerd I (reigned 399–420) to the throne of the Sasanian Empire. In 410 the Synod of Seleucia-Ctesiphon, held at the Sasanian capital, allowed the Church's leading bishops to elect a formal Catholicos (leader). Catholicos Isaac was required both to lead the Assyrian Christian community, and to answer on its behalf to the Sasanian emperor.{{sfn|Fiey|1970}}{{sfn|Chaumont|1988}}Under pressure from the Sasanian Emperor, the Church of the East sought to increasingly distance itself from the Greek Orthodox Church (at the time being known as the church of the Eastern Roman Empire). Therefore, in 424, the bishops of the Sasanian Empire met in council under the leadership of Catholicos DadishoÊ¿ (421–456) and determined that they would not, henceforth, refer disciplinary or theological problems to any external power, and especially not to any bishop or Church Council in the Roman Empire.{{sfn|Hill|1988|p=105}}Thus, the Mesopotamian churches did not send representatives to the various Church Councils attended by representatives of the "Western Church". Accordingly, the leaders of the Church of the East did not feel bound by any decisions of what came to be regarded as Roman Imperial Councils. Despite this, the Creed and Canons of the First Council of Nicaea of 325, affirming the full divinity of Christ, were formally accepted at the Synod of Seleucia-Ctesiphon.Cross, F.L. & Livingstone E.A. (eds), Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, Oxford University Press, 1997, p. 351 The Church's understanding of the term hypostasis differs from the definition of the term offered at the Council of Chalcedon of 451. For this reason, the Assyrian Church has never approved the Chalcedonian definition.The theological controversy that followed the Council of Ephesus in 431 proved a turning point in the Church's history. The Council condemned as heretical the Christology of Nestorius, whose reluctance to accord the Virgin Mary the title Theotokos "God-bearer, Mother of God" was taken as evidence that he believed two separate persons (as opposed to two united natures) to be present within Christ. (For the theological issues at stake, see Assyrian Church of the East and Nestorianism.)The Sasanian Emperor, hostile to the Byzantines, saw the opportunity to ensure the loyalty of his Christian subjects and lent support to the Nestorian Schism. The Emperor took steps to cement the primacy of the Nestorian party within the Church of the East, granting its members his protection,{{sfn|Outerbridge|1952}} and executed the pro-Roman Catholicos Babowai in 484 and replaced him with the Nestorian Bishop of Nisibis, Barsauma. The Catholicos-Patriarch Babai (497–503) later confirmed the church's support for Nestorianism.After this split with the Western World and adoption of Nestorianism, The Church of the East expanded rapidly due to missionary works during the Medieval period. During the period between 500–1400 the geographical horizons of the Church of the East extended well beyond its heartland in present-day northern Iraq, north eastern Syria and south eastern Turkey. The Church went through a golden age, and held significant power and worldwide influence during this period. Assyrian communities sprang up throughout Central Asia, and missionaries from Assyria and Mesopotamia took the Christian faith as far as China, with a primary indicator of their missionary work being the Nestorian Stele, a Tang dynasty tablet written in Chinese script found in China dating to 781 AD that documented 150 years of Christian history in China.{{sfn|Hill|1988|p=108-109}} Their most important conversion, however, was of the Saint Thomas Christians of the Malabar Coast in India, as they are now the largest group of non-ethnically Assyrian Christians on earth, with around 10 million followers when all denominations are added together and their own diaspora is includedweblink The St Thomas Christians were believed by tradition to have been converted by St Thomas, and were in communion with the Church of the East until the end of the medieval period.WEB,weblink NSC NETWORK â€“ Early references about the Apostolate of Saint Thomas in India, Records about the Indian tradition, Saint Thomas Christians & Statements by Indian Statesmen,, 2010-03-31,weblink" title="">weblink 3 April 2010, live,

Decline of the Church of the East

Around 1400, the Turco-Mongol nomadic conqueror Timur arose out of the Eurasian Steppe to lead military campaigns across Western, Southern and Central Asia, ultimately seizing much of the Muslim world after defeating the Mamluks of Egypt and Syria, the emerging Ottoman Empire, and the declining Delhi Sultanate. Timur's conquests devastated most Assyrian bishoprics and destroyed the 4000-year-old city of Assur, which was the cultural and religious capital of the Church of the East and its followers. After the destruction brought on by Timur, the massive and organized Nestorian Church structure, which at its peak extended as far as China, Central Asia, Mongolia and India, was largely reduced to its region of origin (with the exception of the Saint Thomas Christians in India), and stayed as such until the Assyrian genocide, when a large portion of this region was entirely, ethnically and culturally cleansed of its endemic population, and in effect also ended the Shimun Branch, which had to reestablish itself in America up until 2015 when they established their new see in Erbil. Along with the destruction of the Hakkari cultural region, the Assyrians of Tur Abdin, Amid, Urfa and other regions of the southeast suffered genocide as well,{{citation needed|date=March 2017}} but due to an agreement with the Turks, the Syriac Orthodox Church was able to exist in the region after the end of the genocide, and a Syriac community still exists in Turkey until this day, and is the most geographically spread out Church still functioning in Turkey, with active churches in Adiyaman, Siirt, Istanbul, and its primary area of operation and seat at Mor Gabriel Monastery in Tur Abdin.This blow by Timur to the structure of the Church of the East may have been one of the reasons for its decline, and the subsequent rise of the Chaldean Catholic Church in 1552, which would itself later suffer schism.

1552: founding of the Church of Assyria and Mosul by Patriarch Yohannan Sulaqa

Dissent over the hereditary succession grew until 1552, when a group of Assyrian bishops, from the northern regions of Amid and Salmas, elected a priest, Mar Yohannan Sulaqa, as a rival patriarch. To look for a bishop of metropolitan rank to consecrate him patriarch, Sulaqa traveled to the pope in Rome and entered into communion with the Catholic Church, after first being refused by the Syriac Orthodox Church. In 1553 he was consecrated bishop and elevated to the rank of patriarch taking the name of Mar Shimun VIII. He was granted the title of "Patriarch of the East Assyrians", and his church was named the Church of Assyria ("Athura") and Mosul.George V. Yana (Bebla), "Myth vs. Reality," JAA Studies, Vol. XIV, No. 1, 2000 p. 80Mar Shimun VIII Yohannan Sulaqa returned to northern Mesopotamia in the same year and fixed his seat in Amid. Before being put to death by the partisans of the Assyrian Church of the East patriarch of Alqosh,{{sfn|Frazee|2006|p=57}} he ordained five metropolitan bishops thus beginning a new ecclesiastical hierarchy: the patriarchal line known as the Shimun line. The area of influence of this patriarchate soon moved from Amid east, fixing the See, after many places, in the isolated Assyrian village of Qochanis.The connections with Rome loosened up under Sulaqa's successors: The last patriarch to be formally recognized by the Pope died in 1600, the hereditary status of the office was reintroduced and, in 1692, the communion with Rome was formally broken, with this part of the church once more rejoining the Assyrian Church of the East.

17th and 18th century turbulence

The background of the Chaldean Catholic Church is the Church of Assyria and Mosul, formed out of the Church of the East in 1552 by Patriarch Shimun VIII Yohannan Sulaqa, recognised as "of the Chaldeans" by the Holy See. However, the connections with the Papacy loosened up under his successors, split in different lines: the last patriarch in this unbroken line to be formally recognised by the Pope died in 1600. Although communions were reinitiated in 1672 and 1681, in one line, hereditary status of the office was reintroduced and full communion with Rome formally broken in 1692, with this patriarchal line eventually forming the Assyrian Church of the East. Following this turbulence, from 1771 to 1830, two claimants to the Catholic patriarchal seat left the Catholic Church unable to recognise either until a unification of the two in Mosul in 1830. The ensuing reunification with Rome has lasted unbroken until this day.

1672: The Josephite line of Amid

After the Shimun line cut off ties with Rome and re-established itself in Qodchanis, A second so-called 'Chaldean' Patriarchate began a few decades later in 1672 when Mar Joseph I, Archbishop of Amid, entered in communion with Rome, separating from the Assyrian Church Patriarchal see of Alqosh (of which his territory was formerly a part). In 1681 the Holy See granted him the title of "Patriarch of the Chaldeans deprived of its patriarch."All Joseph I's successors took the name of Joseph. However, the life of this patriarchate was difficult. At the beginning there were problems due to the vexations from the traditionalists, under which they were subject from a legal point of view, and later it struggled with financial difficulties due to the Jizya imposed by the Ottoman authorities upon Christian subjects.Nevertheless, its influence expanded from its original strongholds in Amid (modern Diyarbakir) and Mardin towards the area of Mosul and the Nineveh plains. The Josephite line merged in 1830 with the Nestorian Alqosh patriarchate. In order to do this, the Alqosh patriarchate entered into full communion with Rome, and the two Chaldean patriarchates combined, and the capital was designated as Alqosh. It was from this point that the modern Chaldean Catholic Church came into being.{{who|date=May 2017}}

1830: Reunited Alqosh Patriarchate in full communion with the Holy See

The largest and oldest patriarchal see of the Assyrian Church of the East was based at the Rabban Hormizd monastery of Alqosh. It spread from Aqrah up to Seert and Nisibis, covering in the south the rich plain of Mosul. In the short period between 1610 and 1617 it entered in communion with Rome, and in 1771 the patriarch Eliya Denkha signed a Catholic confession of faith, but no formal union resulted. When Eliya Denkha died, his succession was disputed by two cousins: Eliyya Isho-Yab, who was recognized by Rome but renounced his Catholic faith, and Yohannan VIII Hormizd, who, although unrecognized by Rome, considered himself a Catholic.In 1804, after Eliyya Isho-Yab's death, Yohannan Hormizd was made by default the patriarch of Alqosh. There were thus two patriarchates in communion with Rome now, the larger one in Alqosh, and the original one in Amid that was ruled by Joseph V Augustine Hindi. However, Rome did not want to choose between the two candidates: and granted neither the title of Patriarch, even though from 1811 it was Augustine Hindi who ruled the Church de facto. After Hindi's death, on July 5, 1830, Yohannan Hormizd of the Alqosh line was by default formally confirmed Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic church by Pope Pius VIII with the title of "Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans".{{sfn|O’Mahony|2006|p=528}} In this act, The merging of the patriarchates of Alqosh and Amid was completed, forming a single Chaldean Catholic Church.On the other hand, the Shimun line of patriarchs, based in Qochanis, remained in the traditional Assyrian Church, independent of the new Chaldean Church. When the large Alqosh branch took a Catholic profession of faith, the Shimun line remained the sole remaining Nestorian patriarchate left. The Patriarchate of the present-day Assyrian Church of the East, with its See in Erbil, forms the continuation of that line.{{sfn|Murre van den Berg|1999|p=235-264}}

19th and 20th century: expansion and disaster

File:King Faisal I with Chaldean bishops (1852 1947).jpg|thumbnail|right|Faisal I of Iraq with all the Chaldean bishops and the Patriarch Yousef VI Emmanuel II ThomasYousef VI Emmanuel II ThomasThe following years of the Chaldean Church were marked by externally originating violence: in 1838 the monastery of Rabban Hormizd and the town of Alqosh was attacked by the Ottomans and the Kurds of Soran, and hundreds of Christian Assyrians died.{{sfn|Wilmshurst|2000|p=32}} In 1843 the Kurds started to extort as much money as they could from Assyrian villages, killing those who refused: more than 10,000 Assyrian Christians of all denominations were killed and the icons of the Rabban Hormizd monastery defaced.{{sfn|Frazee|2006|p=298}}In 1846 the Chaldean Church was recognized by the Ottoman Empire as a 'millet', a distinctive 'religious community' in the Empire, thus obtaining its civic emancipation.{{sfn|O’Mahony|2006|p=528}} The most famous patriarch of the Chaldean Church in the 19th century was Joseph VI Audo who is remembered also for his clashes with Pope Pius IX mainly about his attempts to extend the Chaldean jurisdiction over the Indian Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. This was a period of expansion for the Chaldean Catholic Church.In the early 20th century Russian Orthodox missionaries established two dioceses in north Assyria. Many Assyrian leaders believed that the Russian Empire would be more interested in protecting them than the British Empire and the French Empire.{{sfn|Wilmshurst|2000|p=36}} Hoping for the support of the Russians, World War I and the subsequent Assyrian Genocide (which saw the deaths of up to 300,000 Assyrians of all denominations) was seen as the right time to rebel against the Ottoman Empire. An Assyrian War of Independence was launched, led by Agha Petros and Malik Khoshaba. On 4 November 1914 the Turkish Enver Pasha announced the Jihad, the holy war, against the Christians.{{sfn|Baumer|2006|p=161}} Assyrian forces fought successfully against overwhelming odds in northern Iraq, southeast Turkey and northwest Iran for a time. However, the Russian Revolution in 1917 and the collapse of Armenian resistance left the Assyrians cut off from supplies of food and ammunition, vastly outnumbered and surrounded. Assyrian territories were overrun by the Ottoman Empire and their Kurdish and Arab allies, and the people forced to flee: most who escaped the massacres and continuation of the Assyrian Genocide died from cold in the winter or hunger. The disaster struck mainly the regions of the Assyrian Church of the East and the Chaldean dioceses in north Assyria (Amid, Siirt and Gazarta) were ruined (the Chaldeans metropolitans Addai Scher of Siirt and Philip Abraham of Gazarta were killed in 1915).{{sfn|Wilmshurst|2000|p=37}}A further massacre occurred in 1933 at the hands of the Iraqi Army, in the form of the Simele massacre, which resulted in thousands of deaths.DeKelaita, Robert (22 November 2009). "The Origins and Developments of Assyrian Nationalism" (PDF). Committee on International Relations Of the University of Chicago. Assyrian International News Agency. Retrieved 23 September 2011.A minority of Assyrians have converted to Protestantism during the 20th century, leaving the Assyrian Church of the East, Chaldean Catholic Church and Syriac Orthodox church in favour of the Assyrian Pentecostal Church and Assyrian Evangelical Church.

Persecution in Iraq and Syria

{{POV section|reason=pro-war bias promotes the idea that christians are persecuted but does not reflect evidence presented in reliable sources|date=August 2019}}A 2018 Australian DFAT report highlighted that extremist islamic terrorist organizations target non-muslims, government officials and wealthy christian citizens in order to reposes their wealth, but stated, "The Constitution explicitly protects Christians’ freedom of belief and practice." It also highlighted official respect for the christian community within iraq, "The inauguration of the Patriarch of the Chaldean Church attracted similarly high-level attendance. This indicates the government values Iraq’s Christian community and is willing to provide protection where it has the capacity to do so." WEB,weblink DFAT COUNTRY INFORMATION REPORT IRAQ, October 9, 2018, Australian Government: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, DFAT also stated in 2017, "Despite their minority status(approximately 10 per cent of the population), Christians are considered part of the elite within Syria and have enjoyed government protection....The founder of the ruling Ba’ath Party was a Christian." WEB,weblink DFAT THEMATIC REPORT ON CONDITIONS IN SYRIA, October 23, 2017, Australian Government: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, "Despite their minority status(approximately 10 per cent of the population), Christians are considered part of the elite within Syria and have enjoyed government protection.", Assyrians of all denominations, and other religious minorities in Iraq, have endured extensive persecution since 2003{{citation needed|date=August 2019}}, including the abductions and murders of their religious leaders, threats of violence or death if they do not abandon their homes and businesses, and the bombing or destruction of their churches and other places of worship. All this has occurred as anti-Christian emotions{{citation needed|date=August 2019}} rise within Iraq{{citation needed|date=August 2019}} after the American invasion and the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003{{citation needed|date=August 2019}} and the rise of militant Jihadists and religious militias.WEB,weblink Iraq's Persecution of Christians Continues to Spiral out of Control, 2009-02-07, Father Ragheed Aziz Ganni, the pastor of the Chaldean Church of the Holy Spirit in Mosul who graduated from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum in Rome in 2003 with a licentiate in ecumenical theology, was killed on 3 June 2007 in Mosul alongside the subdeacons Basman Yousef Daud, Wahid Hanna Isho, and Gassan Isam Bidawed, after he celebrated mass.{{citation needed|date=August 2019}}Chaldean Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho and three companions were abducted on 29 February 2008, in Mosul, and murdered a few days later.{{citation needed|date=August 2019}}In recent years, particularly since 2014, the Assyrians in northern Iraq and north east Syria have become the target of unprovoked Islamic terrorism. As a result, Assyrians have taken up arms, alongside other groups (such as the Kurds, Turcomans and Armenians) in response to attacks by Al Qaeda, ISIL, Nusra Front, and other Wahhabi terrorist Islamic fundamentalist groups. In 2014 Islamic terrorists of ISIS attacked Assyrian towns and villages in the Assyrian homelands of northern Iraq and north east Syria, together with cities such as Mosul, Kirkuk and Hasakeh which have large Assyrian populations. There have been reports of a litany of religiously motivated atrocities committed by ISIS terrorists since, including; slavery, beheadings, crucifixions, child murders, rape of women and girls, torture, forced conversions, ethnic cleansing, robbery, kidnappings, theft of homes, and extortion in the form of illegal taxes levied upon non Muslims. Assyrians forced from their homes in cities such as Mosul have had their houses and possessions stolen, and given over to ISIS terrorists or local Sunni Arabs.WEB,weblink ISIS destroy the oldest Christian monastery in Mosul, Iraq,, 16 February 2016, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 2 February 2016, In addition, the Assyrians have suffered seeing their ancient indigenous heritage desecrated, in the form of Bronze Age{{citation needed|date=August 2019}} and Iron Age{{citation needed|date=August 2019}} monuments and archaeological sites, as well as numerous Assyrian churches and monasteries, being systematically vandalised and destroyed by ISIS. These include the ruins of Nineveh, Kalhu (Nimrud, Assur, Dur-Sharrukin and Hatra."ISIL video shows destruction of Mosul artefacts", Al Jazeera, 27 Feb 2015Buchanan, Rose Troup and Saul, Heather (25 February 2015) Isis burns thousands of books and rare manuscripts from Mosul's libraries The IndependentAssyrians of all denominations in both northern Iraq and north east SyriaWEB,weblink Syria’s Christians Fight Back, Sheren KhalelMatthew Vickery, 25 February 2015, Foreign Policy, 16 February 2016, WEB,weblink Christian militia in Syria defends ancient settlements against Isis, Martin Chulov, the Guardian, 16 February 2016, have responded by forming armed Assyrian militias to defend their territories,WEB,weblink Inside the Christian Militias Defending the Nineveh Plains â€” War Is Boring, Matt Cetti-Roberts, Medium, 16 February 2016, and despite being heavily outnumbered and outgunned have had success in driving ISIS from Assyrian towns and villages, and defending others from attack.WEB,weblink 8 things you didn't know about Assyrian Christians, PBS NewsHour, 16 February 2016, WEB,weblink Isis in Iraq: Assyrian Christian militia keep well-armed militants at bay â€“ but they are running out of ammunition, Patrick Cockburn, 22 February 2015, The Independent, 16 February 2016, Armed Assyrian militias have also joined forces with other peoples persecuted by ISIS and Sunni Muslim extremists, including; the Kurds, Turcoman, Yezidis, Syriac-Aramean Christians, Shabaks, Armenian Christians, Kawilya, Mandeans, Circassians and Shia Muslim Arabs and Iranians.There are thus many Chaldeans in diaspora in the Western world, primarily in the American states of Michigan, Illinois and California.{{citation needed|date=August 2019}}

21st century: international diaspora

A recent development in the Chaldean Catholic Church has been the creation in 2006 of the Eparchy of Oceania, with the title of 'St Thomas the Apostle of Sydney of the Chaldeans'.{{Catholic-hierarchy|diocese|dsych|Eparchy of Saint Thomas the Apostle of Sydney (Chaldean)|21 January 2015}} This jurisdiction includes the Chaldean Catholic communities of Australia and New Zealand, and the first Bishop, named by Pope Benedict XVI on 21 October 2006, is Archbishop Djibrail (Jibrail) Kassab, until this date, Archbishop of Bassorah in Iraq.{{Catholic-hierarchy|bishop|bkassab|Archbishop Djibrail Kassab|21 January 2015}}There has been a large immigration to the United States particularly to West Bloomfield in southeast Michigan.{{Catholic-hierarchy|diocese|ddech|Eparchy of Saint Thomas the Apostle of Detroit (Chaldean)|21 January 2015}} Although the largest population resides in southeast Michigan, there are populations in parts of California and Arizona as well. Canada in recent years has shown growing communities in both eastern provinces, such as Ontario, and in western Canada, such as Saskatchewan.In 2008, Mar Bawai Soro of the Assyrian Church of the East and 1,000 Assyrian families were received into full communion with the Chaldean Catholic Church from the Assyrian Church of the East.WEB
, Assyrian Bishop Mar Bawai Soto explains his journey into communion with the Catholic Church
, 11 September 2012
, On Friday, June 10, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI erected a new Chaldean Catholic eparchy in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and named Archbishop Mar Yohannan Zora, who has worked alongside four priests with Catholics in Toronto (the largest community of Chaldeans) for nearly 20 years and who was previously an ad personam Archbishop (he will retain this rank as head of the eparchy) and the Archbishop of the Archdiocese (Archeparchy) of Ahwaz, Iran (since 1974). The new eparchy, or diocese, will be known as the Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of Mar Addai. There are 38,000 Chaldean Catholics in Canada. Archbishop Zora was born in Batnaia, Iraq, on March 15, 1939. He was ordained in 1962 and worked in Iraqi parishes before being transferred to Iran in 1969.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, 30 March 2012, CNS NEWS BRIEFS Jun-10-2011,, 11 May 2013, The 2006 Australian census counted a total of 4,498 Chaldean Catholics in that country.WEB, 2006 Religious Affiliation (Full Classification),weblink » 2006 Religious Affiliation (Full Classification) The Census Campaign Australia,, 11 May 2013, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 9 April 2013,

Historic membership censuses

Despite the internal discords of the reigns of Yohannan Hormizd, Nicholas I Zay{{transl|ar|DIN|ʿ}}a and Joseph VI Audo, the second half of the 19th century was a period of considerable growth for the Chaldean church, in which its territorial jurisdiction was extended, its hierarchy strengthened and its membership nearly doubled. In 1850 the Anglican missionary George Percy Badger recorded the population of the Chaldean church as 2,743 Chaldean families, or just under 20,000 persons. Badger's figures cannot be squared with the figure of just over 4,000 Chaldean families recorded by Fulgence de Sainte Marie in 1796 nor with slightly later figures provided by Paulin Martin in 1867. Badger is known to have classified as Nestorian a considerable number of villages in the {{transl|ar|DIN|ʿ}}Aqra district which were Chaldean at this period, and he also failed to include several important Chaldean villages in other dioceses. His estimate is almost certainly far too low.Badger, Nestorians, i. 174–5{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"|+ Table 3: Population of the Chaldean Church, 1850! style="text-align:left" | Diocese || No. of Villages || No. of Churches || No. of Priests || No. of Families! style="text-align:left" | Diocese || No. of Villages || No. of Churches || No. of Priests || No. of Families Mosul 9 15 20 1,160 Seert (Chaldean Diocese) >| 300 Baghdad 1 1 2 60 Gazarta (Chaldean Diocese) >| 179 Amadiya (Chaldean Diocese)arʿ}}Amadiya 16 14 8 466 Kirkuk (Chaldean Archdiocese) >| 218 Amid (Chaldean Diocese) >| 150 Salmas (Chaldean Archdiocese) >| 150 Mardin (Chaldean Diocese) >| 60 Total 55 61 64 2,743Paulin Martin's statistical survey in 1867, after the creation of the dioceses of {{transl|ar|DIN|ʿ}}Aqra, Zakho, Basra and Sehna by Joseph Audo, recorded a total church membership of 70,268, more than three times higher than Badger's estimate. Most of the population figures in these statistics have been rounded up to the nearest thousand, and they may also have been exaggerated slightly, but the membership of the Chaldean church at this period was certainly closer to 70,000 than to Badger's 20,000.Martin, La Chaldée, 205–12{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"|+ Table 4: Population of the Chaldean Church, 1867! style="text-align:left" | Diocese || No. of Villages || No. of Priests || No. of Believers! style="text-align:left" | Diocese || No. of Villages || No. of Churches || No. of Believers Mosul 9 40 23,030 Mardin (Chaldean Diocese) >| 1,000 Aqra (Chaldean Diocese)arʿ}}Aqra 19 17 2,718 Seert (Chaldean Diocese) >| 11,000 Amadiya (Chaldean Diocese)arʿ}}Amadiya 26 10 6,020 Salmas (Chaldean Archdiocese) >| 8,000 Basra – – 1,500 Sehna 22 1 1,000 Amid (Chaldean Diocese) >| 2,000 Zakho (Chaldean Diocese) >| 3,000 Gazarta (Chaldean Diocese) >| 7,000 Kirkuk (Chaldean Archdiocese) >| 4,000 Total 160 131 70,268A statistical survey of the Chaldean church made in 1896 by J. B. Chabot included, for the first time, details of several patriarchal vicariates established in the second half of the 19th century for the small Chaldean communities in Adana, Aleppo, Beirut, Cairo, Damascus, Edessa, Kermanshah and Teheran; for the mission stations established in the 1890s in several towns and villages in the Qudshanis patriarchate; and for the newly created Chaldean diocese of Urmi. According to Chabot, there were mission stations in the town of Serai d’Mahmideh in Taimar and in the Hakkari villages of Mar Behısho{{transl|ar|DIN|ʿ}}, Sat, Zarne and 'Salamakka' (Ragula d'Salabakkan).{{sfn|Chabot|1896|p=433-453}}{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"|+ Table 5: Population of the Chaldean Church, 1896! style="text-align:left" | Diocese || No. of Villages || No. of Priests || No. of Believers! style="text-align:left" | Diocese || No. of Villages || No. of Churches || No. of Believers Baghdad 1 3 3,000 Amadiya (Chaldean Diocese)arʿ}}Amadiya 16 13 3,000 Mosul 31 71 23,700 Aqra (Chaldean Diocese)arʿ}}Aqra 12 8 1,000 Basra 2 3 3,000 Salmas (Chaldean Archdiocese) >| 10,000 Amid (Chaldean Diocese) >| 3,000 Urmi 18 40 6,000 Kirkuk (Chaldean Archdiocese) >| 7,000 Sehna 2 2 700 Mardin (Chaldean Diocese) >| 850 Vicariates 3 6 2,060 Gazarta (Chaldean Diocese) >| 5,200 Missions 1 14 1,780 Seert (Chaldean Diocese) >| 5,000 Zakho (Chaldean Diocese) >| 3,500 Total 177 248 78,790The last pre-war survey of the Chaldean church was made in 1913 by the Chaldean priest Joseph Tfinkdji, after a period of steady growth since 1896. The Chaldean church on the eve of the First World War consisted of the patriarchal archdiocese of Mosul and Baghdad, four other archdioceses (Amid, Kirkuk, Seert and Urmi), and eight dioceses ({{transl|ar|DIN|ʿ}}Aqra, {{transl|ar|DIN|ʿ}}Amadiya, Gazarta, Mardin, Salmas, Sehna, Zakho and the newly created diocese of Van). Five more patriarchal vicariates had been established since 1896 (Ahwaz, Constantinople, Basra, Ashshar and Deir al-Zor), giving a total of twelve vicariates.{{sfn|Tfinkdji|1914|p=476–520}}{{sfn|Wilmshurst|2000|p=362}}Tfinkdji's grand total of 101,610 Catholics in 199 villages is slightly exaggerated, as his figures included 2,310 nominal Catholics in twenty-one 'newly converted' or 'semi-Nestorian' villages in the dioceses of Amid, Seert and {{transl|ar|DIN|ʿ}}Aqra, but it is clear that the Chaldean church had grown significantly since 1896. With around 100,000 believers in 1913, the membership of the Chaldean church was only slightly smaller than that of the Qudshanis patriarchate (probably 120,000 East Syriac Christians at most, including the population of the nominally Russian Orthodox villages in the Urmi district). Its congregations were concentrated in far fewer villages than those of the Qudshanis patriarchate, and with 296 priests, a ratio of roughly three priests for every thousand believers, it was rather more effectively served by its clergy. Only about a dozen Chaldean villages, mainly in the Seert and {{transl|ar|DIN|ʿ}}Aqra districts, did not have their own priests in 1913.{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"|+ Table 6: Population of the Chaldean Church, 1913! style="text-align:left" | Diocese || No. of Villages || No. of Churches || No. of Priests || No. of Believers! style="text-align:left" | Diocese || No. of Villages || No. of Churches || No. of Priests || No. of Believers Mosul 13 22 56 39,460 Amadiya (Chaldean Diocese)arʿ}}Amadiya 17 10 19 4,970 Baghdad 3 1 11 7,260 Gazarta (Chaldean Diocese) >| 6,400 Vicariates 13 4 15 3,430 Mardin (Chaldean Diocese) >| 1,670 Amid (Chaldean Diocese) >| 4,180 Salmas (Chaldean Archdiocese) >| 10,460 Kirkuk (Chaldean Archdiocese) >| 5,840 Sehna 1 2 3 900 Seert (Chaldean Diocese) >| 5,380 Van 10 6 32 3,850 Urmi 21 13 43 7,800 Zakho (Chaldean Diocese) >| 4,880 Aqra (Chaldean Diocese)arʿ}}Aqra 19 10 16 2,390 Total 199 153 296 101,610Tfinkdji's statistics also highlight the effect on the Chaldean church of the educational reforms of the patriarch Joseph VI Audo. The Chaldean church on the eve of the First World War was becoming less dependent on the monastery of Rabban Hormizd and the College of the Propaganda for the education of its bishops. Seventeen Chaldean bishops were consecrated between 1879 and 1913, of whom only one (Stephen Yohannan Qaynaya) was entirely educated in the monastery of Rabban Hormizd. Six bishops were educated at the College of the Propaganda (Joseph Gabriel Adamo, Thomas Audo, Jeremy Timothy Maqdasi, Isaac Khudabakhash, Theodore Msayeh and Peter {{transl|ar|DIN|ʿ}}Aziz), and the future patriarch Joseph Emmanuel Thomas was trained in the seminary of Ghazir near Beirut. Of the other nine bishops, two (Addaï Scher and Francis David) were trained in the Syro-Chaldean seminary in Mosul, and seven (Philip Ya{{transl|ar|DIN|ʿ}}qob Abraham, Ya{{transl|ar|DIN|ʿ}}qob Yohannan Sahhar, Eliya Joseph Khayyat, Shlemun Sabbagh, Ya{{transl|ar|DIN|ʿ}}qob Awgin Manna, Hormizd Stephen Jibri and {{ill|Israel Audo|WD=Q64751747}}) in the patriarchal seminary in Mosul.{{sfn|Wilmshurst|2000|p=360-363}}{||+ Table 1: Population of the Chaldean Church, 1928 valign=top|{|class="wikitable"! style="text-align:left" | Diocese! No. of Villages! No. of Priests! No. of Believers| Mosul and Baghdad 10 50 18,350ʿ}}Amadiya 18 22 3,765Amid (Chaldean Diocese)>Amid 1 3 500Kirkuk (Chaldean Archdiocese)>Kirkuk 7 18 4,800Seert (Chaldean Diocese)>Seert – – 1,600| Urmi 10 10 2,500 ʿ}}Aqra – – 1,000 |{|class="wikitable"! style="text-align:left" | Diocese! No. of Villages! No. of Churches! No. of BelieversGazarta (Chaldean Diocese)>Gazarta – – 1,600Mardin (Chaldean Diocese)>Mardin 1 2 400Salmas (Chaldean Archdiocese)>Salmas 1 1 400| Sehna 3 5 894| Van – – –Zakho (Chaldean Diocese)>Zakho 16 18 8,000| Total 137 129 43,809{| |+ Table 2: Population of the Chaldean Church, 1937 valign=top|{| class="wikitable"! style="text-align:left" | Diocese! No. of Churches! No. of Priests! No. of Believers| Baghdad and Basra 6 13 29,578| Mosul 24 40 44,314Kirkuk (Chaldean Archdiocese)>Kirkuk 8 18 7,620Zakho (Chaldean Diocese)>Zakho 16 18 10,852ʿ}}Amadiya 16 17 5,457ʿ}}Aqra 13 5 2,779| Urmi - - 6,000Salmas (Chaldean Archdiocese)>Salmas – 4 3,350|{| class="wikitable"! style="text-align:left" | Diocese! No. of Churches! No. of Priests! No. of BelieversAmid (Chaldean Diocese)>Amid 1 1 315Mardin (Chaldean Diocese)>Mardin 1 1 400Seert (Chaldean Diocese)>Seert 0 0 3,500Gazarta (Chaldean Diocese)>Gazarta 1 1 2,250| Syria and Lebanon 2 11 3,107| Vicariates 8 14 9,177| Emigration 0 4 9,889| Sehna 2 5 1,932| Total 98 163 140,720


The Chaldean Catholic Church has the following dioceses: The Latin name of the church is Ecclesia Chaldaeorum Catholica.


The current Patriarch is Louis Sako, elected in January 2013. In October 2007, his predecessor, Emmanuel III Delly became the first Chaldean Catholic patriarch to be elevated to the rank of Cardinal within the Catholic Church.weblink" title="">APThe present Chaldean episcopate (January 2014) is as follows:
  • Mar Louis Raphaël I Sako, Patriarch of Babylon (since February 2013);
  • Mar Emmanuel III Delly, Patriarch emeritus of Babylon (December 2003 â€“ 2012)
  • Emil Shimoun Nona, Archbishop of Mosul (since November 2009);
  • Bashar Warda, Archbishop of Erbil (since July 2010)
  • Ramzi Garmou, Archbishop of Teheran (since February 1999);
  • Thomas Meram, Archbishop of Urmia and Salmas (since 1984);
  • Yohannan Zora, Archbishop of Toronto (since June 2011);
  • Jibrail Kassab, Archbishop of Sydney (since October 2006);
  • Mar Jacques Ishaq, Titular Archbishop of Nisibis and curial Bishop of Babylon (since December 2005);
  • Habib Al-Naufali, Archbishop of Basra (since 2014)
  • Yousif Mirkis, Archbishop of Kirkuk and Suleimanya (since 2014)
  • Mar Mikha Pola Maqdassi, Bishop of Alqosh (since December 2001)
  • Mar Shlemon Warduni, curial Bishop of Babylon (since 2001).
  • Mar Saad Sirop, auxiliary Bishop of Babylon (since 2014)
  • Mar Antony Audo, Bishop of Aleppo (since January 1992);
  • Mar Michael Kassarji, Bishop of Lebanon (since 2001);
  • Mar Rabban Al-Qas, Bishop of {{transl|ar|DIN|Ê¿}}Amadiya and Zakho (since December 2001);
  • Mar Ibrahim Ibrahim, Bishop of Saint Thomas the Apostle of Detroit (since April 1982 â€“ 2014);
  • Mar Francis Kalabat, Bishop of Saint Thomas the Apostle of Detroit (since June 2014)
  • Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo, Bishop Emeritus of Saint Peter the Apostle of San Diego (2002–2016);
  • Mar Bawai Soro, Titular Bishop of Foratiana and auxiliary bishop of Saint Peter the Apostle of San Diego (since 2014)
Several sees are vacant:Archeparchy of Diyarbakir,Archeparchy of Ahwaz,Eparchy of 'Aqra,Eparchy of Cairo.


The Chaldean Catholic Church uses the East Syriac Rite.A slight reform of the liturgy was effective since 6 January 2007, and it aimed to unify the many different uses of each parish, to remove centuries-old additions that merely imitated the Roman Rite, and for pastoral reasons. The main elements of variations are: the Anaphora said aloud by the priest, the return to the ancient architecture of the churches, the restoration of the ancient use where the bread and wine are readied before a service begins, and the removal from the Creed of the Filioque clause.WEB,weblink Q & A on the Reformed Chaldean Mass, 13 February 2016,weblink" title="">weblink 28 January 2014,

Naming issues

It is believed that the term "Chaldean Catholic" may have arisen due to a Latin misinterpretation and misreading of the Hebrew Ur Kasdim as meaning "Ur of the Chaldees".Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 2001: Where Was Abraham's Ur? by Allan R. Millard The Hebrew Kasdim does not mean or refer to the Chaldeans. Ur Kasdim is generally believed by many to have been somewhere in Assyria, northeastern Syria or southeastern Anatolia.Moore & Kelle 2011, pp. 18–19. It is also noteworthy that the Roman Catholic Church already had a long history of misapplication of the term Chaldean in an ethnic, historical and geographical sense; the term was used to describe 15th century Greek converts to Catholicism,Council of Florence, Bull of union with the Chaldeans and the Maronites of Cyprus Session 14, 7 August 1445 [1] and to designate the completely unrelated Chaldia in Asia Minor on the Black Sea. Rome also used the term Chaldeans to indicate the members of the Church of the East in Communion with Rome primarily in order to avoid the terms Nestorian, Assyrian and Syriac, which were theologically unacceptable, having connotations to churches doctrinally and politically at odds with The Vatican.The term "Chaldean Catholic" is thus historically, usually and properly taken purely and solely as a doctrinal and theological term for Assyrian converts to Catholicism, without any ethnic and geographical implications.Travis, Hannibal. Genocide in the Middle East: The Ottoman Empire, Iraq, and Sudan. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2010, 2007, pp. 237–77, 293–29weblink M. 2002. Minorities in the Middle East: A History of Struggle for Self Expression. Jefferson: McFarland & Company.Despite this, a minority of Chaldean Catholics (particularly in the United States) have in recent times confused a purely religious term with an ethnic identity, and espoused a separate ethnic identity, despite there being no historical, academic, cultural, geographic, archaeological, linguistic, anthropological or genetic evidence supporting a link (or any sort of Chaldean continuity) to the late Iron Age Chaldean land or people, both of which wholly disappeared from history during the 6th century BC. Chaldean Catholics are generally accepted to be Assyrian people, and a part of the Assyrian continuity.Nisan, M. 2002. Minorities in the Middle East: A History of Struggle for Self Expression .Jefferson: McFarland & Company.From a lecture by J. A. Brinkman: "There is no reason to believe that there would be no racial or cultural continuity in Assyria, since there is no evidence that the population of Assyrians were removed." Quoted in Efram Yildiz's "The Assyrians" Journal of Assyrian Academic Studies, 13.1, p. 22, ref 24Raphael Bidawid, the then patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church commented on the Assyrian name dispute in 2003 and clearly differentiated between the name of a church and the name of an ethnicity:
"I personally think that these different names serve to add confusion. The original name of our Church was the 'Church of the East' ... When a portion of the Church of the East became Catholic in the 17th Century, the name given to the church was 'Chaldean' based on the Magi kings who were believed by some to have come from what once had been the land of the Chaldean, to Bethlehem. The name 'Chaldean' does not represent an ethnicity, just a church... We have to separate what is ethnicity and what is religion... I myself, my sect is Chaldean, but ethnically, I am Assyrian."JOURNAL, Parpola, Simo, 2004, National and Ethnic Identity in the Neo-Assyrian Empire and Assyrian Identity in Post-Empire Times, Journal of Assyrian Academic Studies, 18, 2, 22, JAAS,weblink PDF, Simo Parpola, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 2011-07-17,
In an interview with the Assyrian Star in the September–October 1974 issue, he was quoted as saying:
"Before I became a priest I was an Assyrian, before I became a bishop I was an Assyrian, I am an Assyrian today, tomorrow, forever, and I am proud of it."Mar Raphael J Bidawid. The Assyrian Star. September–October, 1974:5.

Ecumenical relations

The Church's relations with its fellow Assyrians in the Assyrian Church of the East have improved in recent years. In 1994 Pope John Paul II and Patriarch Dinkha IV of the Assyrian Church of the East signed a Common Christological Declaration.WEB,weblink Common Christological Declaration between the Catholic Church and the Assyrian Church of the East, Vatican, 2009-04-01, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 2009-01-04, On the 20 July 2001, the Holy See issued a document, in agreement with the Assyrian Church of the East, named Guidelines for admission to the Eucharist between the Chaldean Church and the Assyrian Church of the East, which confirmed also the validity of the Anaphora of Addai and Mari.WEB,weblink Guidelines issued by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Vatican, 2009-04-01, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 2015-11-03, In 2015, Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako proposed unifying the three modern Patriarchates into a re-established Church of the East.WEB, Valente, Gianni, Chaldean Patriarch gambles on re-establishing "Church of the East",weblink Vatican Insider, 25 June 2015,

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