Pope Fransiscus appoints patriarch Louis Raphael Sako to cardinal

Pope Francis will create fourteen new cardinals on 29 June 2018, including our Chaldean patriarch Louis Raphael Raphael Sako.

For our patriarch Louis Raphael Sako this is a gift from the Pope to the entire Chaldean Church and a great support to the Christian minorities in Iraq, who have often been faced with persecutions by terrorist groups.

The Chaldean church father was born in Zakho (northern Iraq) on July 4, 1948. He studied in Mosul and was ordained a priest in 1974. In 2003 he was ordained Archbishop of Kirkuk. He was chosen in early 2013 as the new patriarch of the Chaldean Church.

After the nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize 2018, this is a second confirmation of his good commitment to the pursuit of a peaceful society in Iraq.