Synod elects Iraqi archbishop as new Chaldean patriarch

Updated 01 February 2013
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Synod elects Iraqi archbishop as new Chaldean patriarch

VATICAN CITY: Bishops from the Iraq-based Chaldean Church elected the archbishop of Kirkuk as their new patriarch yesterday at a synod held in Rome instead of Baghdad for security reasons, church websites said.
Louis Sako will replace Emmanuel III Delly who retired in December after reaching the age limit of 85 in the Christian church which recognizes the authority of the pope.
Sako was elected by 15 bishops from Iraq and other parts of the Middle East, as well as areas of North America and Europe with large Iraqi diasporas.
The election was announced by Iraqi Christian websites and the synod was presided by Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Oriental Churches.
The Chaldean church, which has 700,000 followers and uses Aramaic — the language that Jesus Christ would have spoken — has struggled in the past decade of unrest and rising Islamic militancy in Iraq.
Sako will take on the official title of “patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans.” He is seen as pro-Kurdish and has favored co-operation with Muslim leaders in his archdiocese.


Palestinian President Abbas hospitalized: Palestinian official

Updated 20 May 2018
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Palestinian President Abbas hospitalized: Palestinian official

RAMALLAH: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been hospitalized in the West Bank due to complications after minor surgery last week, a Palestinian official said on Sunday.
It was the third time Abbas, 82, had been hospitalized in a week. He underwent minor ear surgery on Tuesday and was hospitalized again briefly overnight on Saturday/Sunday, the official Palestinian news agency Wafa said.
A Palestinian official in Ramallah said Abbas went back into hospital again later on Sunday because his temperature was high “so doctors advised that he go back into hospital.”
Two statements were issued by Wafa on Sunday. The first, half an hour after midnight, said Abbas had gone into hospital “for a checkup to review the surgery that he had in his middle ear a few days ago at Al-Istishari hospital in Ramallah. At the end of the tests, the results turned out to be excellent,” the statement said, and Abbas left hospital.
A second statement carried by Wafa on Sunday afternoon reported the medical manager of Al-Istishari hospital, Dr. Saed Sarahneh, said the results of the medical tests were “good” and that his medical condition was “reassuring.”
A Palestinian official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the high temperature may have resulted from a failure of an ear inflammation to heal completely.
In February, Abbas was hospitalized in the United States for medical checks during a trip to address the UN Security Council in New York.
Abbas became Palestinian president after the death in 2004 of Yasser Arafat. He pursued US-led peace talks with Israel but the negotiations broke down in 2014.
He is also chairman of the executive committee of the umbrella Palestine Liberation Organization, a position to which he was re-elected unopposed on May 4.