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New Chaldean Patriarch addresses challenges facing Christians in Iraq

CWN - In an interview with the AsiaNews service, the newly elected Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church said that it would be difficult to establish a secular government in a Muslim country today, “because they have a negative and pejorative concept of the secular state.”

Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako said that he remained hopeful that the ancient Chaldean Church could be a “bridge” between Christians and Muslims in Iraq. He reported that during a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI, he had spoken at length about the challenges of inter-religious relations in the war-torn country.

Questioned about the continued exodus of Christians from Iraq, the Patriarch said that the problem is “critical” but promised to work to maintain a lively Christian presence.

However, the Chaldean Patriarch said that his top priority would be to address the “state of chaos” in the Chaldean liturgy. He reported that liturgical celebrations differ from diocese to diocese and even parish to parish, and said that a reform and revival of the liturgy would be his primary goal.

 

 

Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead!

My soul, O my soul, rise up! Why are you sleeping? The end draws near, and soon you will be troubled. Watch, then, that Christ your God may spare you, for He is everywhere present and fills all things.

From the Great Canon of Andrew of Crete

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Seek God daily. But seek Him in your heart, not outside it. And when you find Him, stand with fear and trembling, like the Cherubim and Seraphim, for your heart has become a throne of God. But in order to find God, become humble as dust before the Lord, for the Lord abhors the proud; whereas He visits those that are humble in heart, wherefore He says: “To whom will I look, but to the one who is meek and humble in heart?”

St. Nectarius of Aegina
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