Chaldean Patriarch & Bishops Visit the Pope
On Tuesday; January
20, 2009, the two Chaldean Bishops in the United
States of America, Their Excellencies Bishop Mar
Ibrahim N. Ibrahim and Bishop Mar Sarhad Yawsip
Jammo, traveled to Rome for their “Ad Limina” visits
with Pope Benedict XVI.
Joining them in Rome
is Bishop Mar Bawai Soro. Our beloved
His Eminence Mar
Emanuel III Cardinal Delli and all the Chaldean
Bishops are also present in Rome for their
respective “Ad Limina” visit with the Pope.
On Thursday; January
22, 2009, Bishop Mar Sarhad Yawsip had his “Ad
Limina” visit, a personal audience with the
During that meeting, our Eparch submitted to the
Pope issues of relevance to our
Saint Peter Diocese and as a member of the
Chaldean Holy Synod issues
related to the Chaldean Church, Bishop Mar
Sarhad Yawsip has
also been attending other meetings with other
On Saturday; January
24, 2009, our Patriarch and all the Chaldean Bishops
had a private audience with the Holy Father.
Bishop Mar Bawai also joined the Chaldean Bishops in
this audience. Immediately, after the Holy
Father entered the audience hall at 12:15 PM,
Cardinal Delli read a prepared text in which he
offered his and the Bishops’ gratitude to
Pope Benedict XVI,
the Successor of Saint
Peter, for the occasion of this meeting.
After that, the Holy Father also read his speech in
which he outlined the significance of the Chaldean
Church of the East throughout history, emphasizing
the great witness and the suffering of the Church’s
sons and daughters are offering to Christ, today.
Moreover, he gave guidance and directives in order
to deal with the present challenges.
Following the Pope’s speech, Cardinal Delli
presented the Holy Father with a gift that was
brought from Iraq. This gift contained the
of the Chaldean martyred Archbishop of Mosul, Mar
Paulos Faraj Rahho and the stole of the martyred
priest from the same Diocese, Father
Then, our Patriarch and all Bishops expressed to the
Holy Father in person their signs of filial love and
obedience. The Holy Father presented each one
of them with a pectoral
and a copy of his discourse. The audience
ended at 1:45 PM.
The following photos of our Patriarch, our Eparch
and other Bishops reflect significant moments of
this historic encounter with
His Holiness Pope Benedict
Limina (Canonical Visit to the Pope)