The leader of Iraq's Chaldean community, who has sought protection for minority Christians against sectarian violence, on Saturday celebrated his first Mass in Baghdad since Pope Benedict XVI elevated him to cardinal last month.
Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, leader of the ancient Chaldean Church, celebrated Mass at the convent of Mary's Daughters in Baghdad's central Karradah area, in a small service attended primarily by monks and nuns. He led his first Mass in Iraq since elevation earlier this week in the Kurdish city of Irbil.
Monday, December 10, 2007
New Cardinal celebrates first Mass in Baghdad
"Leader of Iraqi Chaldean community celebrates first Baghdad Mass as cardinal" (AP, International Herald Tribune, December 8, 2007):