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His Holiness Pope Francis has named Chaldean Patriarch Cardinal Louis Raphaël I Sako to the post of adviser at the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue in the Vatican.


The appointment was made by His Holiness Pope Francis in appreciation of Cardinal Sako's efforts in Christian-Muslim dialogue.


Cardinal Sako was ordained priest on June 1, 1974 for the Assyrian Archeparchy of Mosul. After his election and subsequent confirmation in 2003 he was consecrated the Chaldean Catholic Archeparch of Kirkuk on September 27, 2003. He was elected to the position by a synod of bishops of the Assyrian Catholic Church on 24 October 2002. He was awarded the Defensor Fidei prize in 2008 and in 2010; he was awarded the International Pax Christi Award.


The Synod of Bishops of the Chaldean Catholic Church, convoked in Rome on 28 January 2013, elected him to succeed Emmanuel III Delly as Patriarch of Babylon. Sako chose Louis Raphael I as his regnal name.


In 2015, Sako proposed a "merger" or reunion of his own Chaldean Catholic Church with the Ancient Church of the East and the Assyrian Church of the East to create one united "Church of the East" with a single patriarch in union with the Pope. His proposal would have involved both his own resignation and that of Mar Addai II, followed by a joint synod of all of the bishops of all three churches to elect a new patriarch for the reunited Church of the East.


On November 14, 2015, the Synod of Bishops announced that Pope Francis had named him as one of his three appointments to that body's council.


Pope Francis made Sako a cardinal bishop in a consistory on June 28, 2018.
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Cardinal Sako named adviser at the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

الجمعة، 15 فبراير 2019