ASIA/IRAQ – The Synod of the Assyrian Church of the East meets to elect a new Patriarch – Agenzia Fides

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Erbil (Agenzia Fides) – The Synodal Assembly of the Assyrian Church of the East opened on Monday, September 6, 2021, called to elect a new Patriarch. The elective synod takes place at the Assyrian church of St. John the Baptist in Ankawa, a suburb of Erbil inhabited mainly by Christians. The meeting began with a speech by outgoing Patriarch Gewargis III Sliwa, who had already resigned from the patriarchal office for health reasons in February 2020. After his speech, the 15 Assyrian Bishops present began the sessions behind closed doors to elect the new Patriarch. Mar Gewargis III Sliwa had announced his retirement from the patriarchal office with a letter sent to all Assyrian bishops on February 3, 2020 (see Fides, 21/2/2020). In that letter, Mar Gewargis reported that his health condition was improving, following the serious health problems that affected him in December 2019 during his stay in Germany. At the same time, the worsening of his physical condition – the Patriarch added in his letter – had led him to reflect deeply on his inability to adequately perform the functions related to the “sublime task” entrusted to him. For this reason, in complete freedom and after deep reflection and prayer, Patriarch Gewargis had decided to renounce the patriarchal function and the duties connected to it. The elective Synod to elect the new Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East had been convened in first instance in Erbil from April, 22 to 27, 2020, with a statement sent to all the Bishops by Mar Awa Royel, Assyrian Bishop of California and Secretary General of the Assyrian Holy Synod. Then, with the outbreak of the pandemic, the various waves of infections caused the postponement of the electoral procedures aimed at giving a new Patriarch to the Assyrian Church of the East.

ASIA/IRAQ – The Synod of the Assyrian Church of the East meets to elect a new Patriarch – Agenzia Fides

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