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    Sako in Baghdad.. Three possible scenarios for his return after the “withdrawal of the decree” crisi

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    [size=52]Sako in Baghdad.. Three possible scenarios for his return after the “withdrawal of the decree” crisis[/size]

    [size=45]Translated by: Hamed Ahmed[/size]
    [size=45]A report by The PILLAR, a Catholic news site, discussed the return of the Patriarch of the Chaldean Church in Iraq and the world, Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako, to his former headquarters in Baghdad, which he left for Erbil in July 2023.[/size]
    [size=45]He stated that there are three possible scenarios for the reason for his return: Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa al-Sudani invited him, or his attempt to obtain public support to restore the republican decree that was canceled, or because of criticism from the Religious Freedom Foundation in the United States regarding it. Regardless of these scenarios, the report indicates that he is in Next July 4, he will turn 75 years old, which is when he is expected to present his resignation to Pope Francis, who may approve it or decide that he will remain in his position.
    The report stated that after Cardinal Sako, 74 years old, left the capital, Baghdad, in July 2023, he made it clear that he would not return until the President of the Republic, Abdel-Latif Rashid, returned the civil republican decree that recognizes Sako as the head of the Chaldean Catholic Church and is responsible for its endowments.
    The decree was issued in 2013 appointing Sako as head of the Eastern Church, which has more than half a million members in more than six countries.
    The Iraqi presidency's argument in this regard was that the decree was not based on legal or constitutional foundations, stressing that withdrawing the decree does not affect the religious or legal status of Cardinal Sako.
    Sako wrote in a letter to the President of the Republic in August 2023 expressing his rejection of this decision, saying, “I will remain in Erbil until the end of your term, and I will discuss with the new president to issue an official decree that will continue the tradition to which we have become accustomed 14 centuries ago.”
    The report states that perhaps the first reason for his return was that he received a personal invitation from Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa al-Sudani, and this is evident from the official statements issued by the cardinal’s official website following his return and arrival in Baghdad on April 10, which showed that he was received at the airport by a representative of The Prime Minister, and then Sako paid a friendly visit to the Sudanese on April 11, the day after his return to Baghdad.
    In his mass at St. Joseph Church, Sako thanked the Prime Minister for his encouraging call to return to Baghdad and for his pledge to resolve the relevant issues and restore the prestige of the Chaldean Church.
    The second scenario for the reason for his return is that Sako had left Baghdad with the goal of gathering support for him in order to restore the Republican decree, and he hoped that the Christian public and the authorities would rally around him and win for him.
    But those who doubt this scenario say that he did not receive the support he aspired for, not even within or outside the church. Therefore, he was away from his fans for nine months in Erbil and it is time to return to them.
    While the third scenario suggests that Sako's return was related to the date of the expected meeting that took place between Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani and US President Joe Biden on April 15 in Washington, as the cardinal's status has been under the American microscope since the withdrawal of the decree regarding his position.
    The US State Department spokesman had said in a statement in July 2023, that “the US government is concerned about the harassment to which Cardinal Sako was subjected and is concerned about the news indicating that he left Baghdad.”
    While lawyers for the Religious Freedom Foundation said that Sacco's predicament has not been forgotten in Washington.
    Regardless of the expected reasons for the Cardinal's return to Baghdad last week, the Chaldean Catholic Church is quickly approaching a crossroads point.
    On July 4, Sako will be 75 years old, an age at which bishops are accustomed to retiring. He is expected to present his resignation to Pope Francis, who will either accept it or ask him to remain in his position.
    If his resignation is approved, the Chaldean Church Council will meet to elect a successor, and their choice will be presented to the Pope for approval.
    There is no scarcity of potential candidates in Iraq or in the diaspora from the Chaldean Church, and the focus may be on 10 bishops in the Eastern Church, including the bishop of the Church of Erbil, Bishop Bashar Warda, who has ties to the Western Catholic Church, but at the age of 54 he may be considered much too young for the position. Perhaps, of course, the Pope may decide that now is not the time to bring about a change in the leadership of the Chaldean Catholic Church.
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