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New Custodian of the Holy Land

May 20, 2016. Friar Francesco Patton is the new Custodian of the Holy Land. He succeeds Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, who was in office for the last 12 years. Friar Francesco Patton is 52 years old from Vigo Meano (Italy). He graduated in Communication Sciences from the Pontifical Salesian University of Rome and until now was the provincial minister of the Order of Friars Minor in Saint Vigilius of Trent.

Former Chaldean patriarch, Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly passed away at 86

2014-04-09

Former Chaldean Patriarch and Iraqi-born Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly passed away on April 9, in San Diego, California. He was 86 years old.

The Patriarch emeritus was born in 1927. He studied theology in Rome, but returned to his native Iraq after. In that time, Card. Delly faced many challenges, as the country underwent major changes and difficult situations.

CARD. EMMANUEL III DELLY
November 5, 2010
"The only medicine that can save Iraq now, that can bring back sanity to Iraq, health to Iraq, is prayer to Our Lord. He will know how to find the path to security, tranquility, and peace in Iraq.”

Benedict XVI created him cardinal in November 2007, becoming the first Chaldean Patriarch elevated to the College of Cardinals.

With his death, the number of cardinals decreased to 216. But since he was over 80,  Card. Delly was no longer eligible to take part in the last conclave. The number papal electors still stands at 119.

FULL TEXT OF THE POPE'S TELEGRAM

His Beatitude Louis Raphaël I Sako 
Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans 

I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of His Beatitude Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, Patriarch Emeritus of Babylon of the Chaldeans. I offer you, the clergy, men and women religious and lay faithful of the Patriarchate, both in Iraq and in the diaspora, my condolences and the assurance of my prayers. I recall with deep gratitude the late Patriarch’s dedication to his people and to the promotion of respectful, just and peaceful relations with followers of other religious traditions. I join you and all who mourn the passing of this esteemed Pastor in commending his noble soul to the infinite mercy of God our loving Father, and I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of peace and hope in the Lord.

Franciscus PP.

I offer you, your brother Bishops and the entire Church in Iraq my heartfelt sympathy on the
passing of His Beatitude Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly. I pray that the Lord whom he served
with fidelity will grant him eternal rest.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State


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