Cardinal Sako Acknowledges Kurdish Leadership for Role in Reinstatement
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Cardinal Sako Acknowledges Kurdish Leadership for Role in Reinstatement

ERBIL — The Patriarch of the Chaldeans in Iraq and worldwide, Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako, acknowledged Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani and the Kurdistan political leadership, praising their role in reinstating his position.

In a statement on Monday, Cardinal Sako commended the Kurdish leadership for their efforts in resolving the crisis that arose after he was stripped of his title by the Iraqi Presidency.

"Before returning to my headquarters in Baghdad, I would like to express my gratitude to the leadership of the Kurdistan Region, especially President Masoud Barzani, President Nechirvan Barzani, and Prime Minister Masrour Barzani, for their warm welcome after the crisis was resolved and for standing on the side of truth," Cardinal Sako said in a written statement.

He also thanked God that the situation was corrected following the initiative of Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia' al-Sudani.

"I believe there is a great need for a clear national vision for the stability of the country. The only way to properly resolve crises and correct situations is through calm, wise, and courageous dialogue. Division leads to destruction; monopolizing power does not bring peace. Instead, sharing power based on constitutional principles is crucial for good democratic governance that serves the country and its citizens," added the Patriarch of the Chaldeans in Iraq and worldwide.

On June 5th, Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako was reinstated as the Patriarch of the Chaldean Church in Iraq and worldwide, following a decree signed by Prime Minister Mohammed Shia' al-Sudani. Barzani welcomed the Iraqi PM's decision, stating, "The restoration of the Chaldean Patriarch's seat in Iraq and worldwide is a rightful and appropriate step."

In July 2023, Iraqi President Latif Rasheed revoked a 2013 presidential decree that had recognized Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako as the head of the Chaldean Catholic Church and custodian of its assets.

This move was widely criticized as legally unjustified and sparked significant outcry from Christians in Iraq and globally, heightening concerns about targeted persecution against the community.

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