Iraqi Cardinal dies, far from Babylon

Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly

Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, Patriarch emeritus of Babylon of the Chaldeans died in a hospital in San Diego, California. He was 87 years old. 

Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly.

Born 1927; died 2014

- Agenzia Fides

The late Patriacrh Emeritus had served the Chaldean Church for more than 60 years. He suffered moments of difficulty: the revolution in 1958; the wars in the last decades; the persecution of Christians followed by the invasion of the U.S.A.

In all this time he remained loyal to his country and to his people, he did not abandon his flock, he remained with his faithful, praying, helping, encouraging them.

Patriarch emeritus Delly was born in Telkaif, Archeparchy of Mosul of the Chaldeans on September 27, 1927. He graduated in theology at the Pontifical Urbaniana University and canon law at the Pontifical Lateran University.

He was ordained a priest on December 21, 1952 by Cardinal Pietro Fumasoni Biondi in Rome, at the Pontifical Urban College of Propaganda Fide, he returned to Baghdad as secretary of the Patriarch on December 30, 1960.

He was elected to the titular Church of Paleopoli of Asia on December 7, 1962 and appointed Auxiliary of Patriarch Paul II Cheikho, receiving episcopal ordination on April 19, 1963.

Since that year, as Bishop, he became a member of the Second Vatican Council. In October 2002 he resigned as Auxiliary Bishop for age limit, but a year later, on December 3, 2003, he was elected by the Chaldean Bishops as the Patriarch of Babylon, while Iraq was going through a terrible time in history, after the U.S.-led military intervention led to the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime.

During his patriarchal ministry, in August 2004, there were bloody attacks against churches in Baghdad and Mosul. 

a solemn requiem mass for Cardinal Delly will be celebrated in the St. Joseph Chaldean Cathedral in Baghdad. The funeral will most likely take place in the United States.

READ FULL ARTICLE: Death of the Chaldean Patriarch emeritus Emmanuel III Delly (Agenzia Fides)


Cardinal Emmanuel-Karim Delly, retired Chaldean patriarch, dies at 86 (National Catholic Reporter)

Pope Francis expresses sadness upon the death of Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly (Vatican Radio)

Prime Minister Maliki Offers Condolences for the Death of Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly (Iraqi Embassy to the United States)

UN Mission in Iraq: without respect for minorities, there is no democracy (Agenzia Fides)


Former Chaldean patriarch, Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly passed away at 86 (Rome Reports/YouTube)

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