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Archbishop Louis Sako was elected the new Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon yesterday (1 February 2013).
Pope Benedict XVI has formally welcomed the election of Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk to be the new patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church.
Leaders of the churches in Iraq met with members of the World Council of Churches Central Committee and others in Geneva this week.
The European Parliament has officially welcomed a delegation of Christian leaders from Iraq and Lebanon at its last plenary session of the year.
In Iraq Christians have been forced to curtail festivities that celebrate the birth of Jesus more than 2000 years ago, one of Christianity's most important feasts.
Human rights groups have called on the Iraqi government to do more to protect the country’s Christian minority from an expected increase in violent attacks.
US church and human rights groups are urging President Obama to fix delays and problems affecting refugees and asylum seekers from war-torn Iraq, especially minorities.
In a pastoral sermon remembering Christians killed recently in Baghdad, William Kenney also recalls the many Muslims who have fled from terror too, and challenges the UK government claim that it is safe for people to be repatriated to Iraq.
Christian and Muslim leaders in Britain have joined in support of Christian communities in Iraq following the latest attacks by extremists.
Hundreds of protesters gathered outside parliament in Westminster today to call for concerted UK government action to protect Christians in Iraq.