Patriarch & Bishops Visit the Pope
January 20, 2009, the two Chaldean Bishops in the United States
of America, Their Excellencies Bishop Mar Ibrahim N. Ibrahim and
Bishop Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo, traveled to Rome for their “Ad
Limina” visits with Pope Benedict XVI.
Joining them in Rome is Bishop
Mar Bawai Soro. Our beloved Patriarch,
His Eminence Mar Emanuel III Cardinal Delli and all the
Chaldean Bishops are also present in Rome for their respective
“Ad Limina” visit with the Pope.
On Thursday; January 22, 2009,
Bishop Mar Sarhad Yawsip had his “Ad Limina” visit, a personal
audience with the Holy Father.
During that meeting, our Eparch submitted to the Pope issues of
relevance to our Saint Peter Diocese
and as a member of the Chaldean Holy
Synod issues related to the Chaldean Church, Bishop Mar
Sarhad Yawsip has also been
attending other meetings with other Vatican officials.
On Saturday; January 24, 2009,
our Patriarch and all the Chaldean Bishops had a private
audience with the Holy Father. Bishop Mar Bawai also joined the
Chaldean Bishops in this audience. Immediately, after the Holy
Father entered the audience hall at 12:15 PM, Cardinal Delli
read a prepared text in which he offered his and the Bishops’
gratitude to Pope Benedict XVI,
the Successor of Saint Peter,
for the occasion of this meeting. After that, the Holy Father
also read his speech in which he outlined the significance of
the Chaldean Church of the East throughout history, emphasizing
the great witness and the suffering of the Church’s sons and
daughters are offering to Christ, today. Moreover, he gave
guidance and directives in order to deal with the present
Following the Pope’s speech, Cardinal Delli presented the Holy
Father with a gift that was brought from Iraq. This gift
contained the liturgical vestments
of the Chaldean martyred Archbishop of Mosul, Mar Paulos Faraj
Rahho and the stole of the martyred priest from the same
Diocese, Father Ragheed Ganni.
Then, our Patriarch and all Bishops expressed to the Holy Father
in person their signs of filial love and obedience. The Holy
Father presented each one of them with a
pectoral Cross and a copy of his
discourse. The audience ended at 1:45 PM.
The following photos of our Patriarch, our Eparch and other
Bishops reflect significant moments of this historic encounter
with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.
Visita Ad Limina
(Canonical Visit to the Pope)