Father Jarjis Robert Sayd & Mar Bawai Soro At The Vatican: Hope, Defiance, Unity

This past Sunday 29 deacons were ordained to the priesthood at Saint Peter’s in Rome by HH Benedict XVI. Among the priests was an Iraqi of the Chaldean Catholic Church – which has suffered in the martyrdom of one archbishop, one priest, and 3 subdeacons in the last 12 months.

Rather a bold move with a bold message by a pope who is developping a reputation for such!  And a clear message at that – Catholics will not be driven underground in fear, Iraq’s Catholic Community is close to the heart of the Holy Father. Public reception of Moslem converts and public support for those who are persecuted my Moslems will be the norm.

Interestingly, among the guests in attendance for the ordination was none other than Assyrian Church of the East bishop Mar Bawai Soro – who has made known his intentions to bring his flock of some 6 priests, 30 deacons and 3,000 faithful in America into the Catholic Church via the Chaldean Catholic Church.

5 bob to American Papist who writes:

My, but doesn’t this picture speak volumes? Here’s the official photo caption:

New ordained priest Jarjis Robert Sayd of Iraq looks on during a ceremony lead by Pope Benedict XVI in which he ordained 29 new priests, in St. Peter Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, April 27, 2008.


What also speaks volumes is the presense – along side the Chaldean Catholic bishops at the Mass – of Bishop Mar Bawai Soro. Mar Bawai – a bishop coming out of the Church of the East – had made it known in January of this year that it is his intention – along with the faithful of his diocese – to enter into full communion with the Holy See by way of the Chaldean Catholic Church. Iraqi Christian blogger Baghdadhope righty and interestingly asks:

Equally certainly his very presence in the Vatican and the place of honor reserved to him by the ceremonial could be interpreted as a signal of “unofficial” welcome. Maybe the Holy Church is preparing to welcome among its loving arms a new bishop besides 29 new priests?

Mar Bawai and his faithful – one of whom a proud Cordelia preparing his first post on TBC – have been in my prayers for some time now. I invite all to join me in those prayers that these aspirations for full communion will be achieved.

If you hadn’t heard of this movement before… well you are not alone. Not one other Catholic blogger seems to have embedded the following video as  content.

“Father Samuel Dinkha speaks to the San Jose congregation regarding H.G. Mar Bawai and his supporters “declaration of intent” to pursue full communion with the Catholic Church and unity with the Chaldean Catholic Church of the East.”

Many years to Father Jarjis Robert Sayd, Mar Bawai, and all the newly ordained priests!


12 Responses to Father Jarjis Robert Sayd & Mar Bawai Soro At The Vatican: Hope, Defiance, Unity

  1. Dr. Acula says:

    Mnohaja Lita!

    Many years!

  2. NYer says:

    Congratulations to Abouna Sayd! May the faith of his community be strengthened by the witness of their pastor’s ordination by Pope Benedict XVI.

    And God bless Pope Benedict XVI for continuing to shine a light on the East. Cent’ Anni, Holy Father!


    There are several lawsuits as well as IRS investigations against this FORMER bishop of the Church of the East (please correct your ‘news’ as he is NO longer a bishop for the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East) And he has no authority to act as a representative of the Assyrian Church of the East. (This has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt by Superior Court Judge Kevin Murphy in Santa Clara, California.)
    The former bishop is now known as Ashur Soro, and he is under investigation for misappropriation of funds, as well as being held responsible for all court costs/expenses which he forced the ACOE to incur in its lawsuit against him, which he lost. Upcoming court dates to come.

  4. ACOE for life…

    I have deleted several of your vitriolic comments out of compassion and sympathy for you. The infantile ad hominem attacks against Mar Bawai (you check the news, he is a Catholic bishop!) is just embarassing. I am red with embarassment for you.

    The comments about g-strings and the link to youtube videos of a prancing drag queen… all I can do is echoe the sentiments of another commenter here: “Bitter much?”

    I am not certain if you are a one-man tour de force in littering comboxes far and wide with outlandish and outrageous attacks on Mar Bawai. It is hard to know if you are part of a concerted effort of folks who are googling “Mar Bawai Soro” and going to each and every forum that you can to say nasty things. I have noticed anywhere the story comes up, the same tired, bitter, nasty comments get made. It is either a concerted effort or a sick hobby for a very small handful.

    If you have cogent and reasonable arguments against unia and why Assyrians do better to remain in isolation, in communion with no one – Catholic, Orthodox, Oriental Christian…. Well, make them, and do so politely. Otherwise it is just embarassing to watch you – who calls yourself a baptized Christian – flail around in the mud, throwing the same, and inviting it upon yourself. I will not have that in my comboxes. You can disagree with me all you like, till the cows come home and leave again… But the rude comments have no place.

    Presenting yourself as an ACOE member and then engaging in the style of combox drowning you have thus far attempted isn’t doing anything good. In fact it is making you look really bitter, rude and nasty. If you think that attracts people to your side, or convinces them of the truth, you are sorely mistaken. The parties you may – in spite of yourself – succeed in attracting will largely be bitter folks who love a good fight. Good luck with that.

    You are a guest here. Show some decorum and a little dignity if you want your comments in my comboxes.

  5. Down with Ashur Soro says:

    ACOE For Life you rock! Ashur soro will get whats coming to him in the next life. I have no clue why he was accepted in the Catholic Church, do they not check up on backgrounds and history on people before ordaining them? Guess not, I would be embarrased as hell if Soro was a bishop in my church. WOW.

  6. I would be embarrased as hell if Soro was a bishop in my church. WOW.

    Wait a minute, he WAS a bishop in your church! Or are you a member of the tiny schismatic Assyrian Church that broke away from the Assyrian Church?

    Either way, the way you people troll comboxes to do nothing but defame this man is really and truly pathetic.

    I will pray that you have the strength to abjure your own schism, apostacy and hatred to come to the fullness of the Christian faith – which is the Catholic Church.

    With prayers for you and your immortal soul….


  7. Anonymous says:

    please deleate my email from your website. Thank youi. I left my email just for you, because it is saying(will not be published) May be I made a mistake, but please deleated ASAP. Thank you
    ACOE member

  8. ACOE member says:

    I’m sorry asimplesinner for the confusion. I just asked for my email to be removed not my message because I do not want Assyian people like ACOE for life email me with their nasty messages. I would love for my message to be reposted, but it is your decision not mine. Thank you, and may God bless. Of course, I would love if I got email from you. Thank you again.

  9. Sharon Norton says:

    The caption indicating this photo of Father Robert was taken during the Ordinations on April 27, 2008, is an error. I was there at Father Robert’s ordination. He was dressed in white robes and, of course, there was never anything remotely this casual about the entire ceremony attended and witnessed by thousands. This photo was taken on a previous date before his ordination and not in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI; hence, the erroneous conclusion that “this picture speaks volumes”.

  10. …the erroneous conclusion that “this picture speaks volumes”.

    I have absolutely no idea what erroneous conclusion you think has been come to – could you please elaborate what you thought I meant?

    To tell you what I DID mean, if you are interested… It speaks volumes that in the midst of rising tensions with Islam, where Islamists have assasinated our clergy, burned down our churches, and called for the Pope’s death after the Regensburg Address and the baptism of Magdi Christiano Allam

    After all that, our good and courageous Pope does not back down, he includes the ordination of a Chaldean priest at Saint Peter’s before the world, a priest who will return to Iraq for his people.

    Now, could you help me to understand what you thought I meant?

  11. Waiting your reply on my comment please…William Khoshaba-Egypt

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