· The Synod of the Chaldean Church in Baghdad concludes ·
Decisively pastoral suggestions were made at the Synod of the Chaldean Catholic Church. It was the first Synod following the election of Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako, who was elected on 31 January. The Patriarch and the 14 prelates who participated, according to the Fides News Agency, published a 9-point final statement summarizing in the issues discussed at the assembly which was held from 5-10 June in the house of the Chaldean Sisters of Mary Immaculate, in the centre of the Iraqi capital.
There were more than a few indications which emerged from the Synod consistent with the pastoral care which has marked the first months of Patriarch Sako's ministry. The Chaldean Bishops underlined the need to continue all sectors of dialogue with Muslims and to pay great attention to the transparent management of the diocese's funds, especially to the needs of the parishes. Above all the desire to move forward on the ecumenical path with the other Churches and Christian communities was expressed, beginning with the Assyrian Church, with the hope of establishing “unity of the Eastern Church”.
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