Baghdad (Agenzia Fides) - Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako - who was President delegate during the recent Synod of Bishops of the Catholic Church entitled "Youth, faith and vocational discernment" - will host the 26th meeting of the Eastern Catholic Patriarchs, scheduled from 26 to 30 November at the patriarchal seat of Baghdad, and dedicated to young people as "a sign of hope in the Middle East". The important summit - refer sources of the Chaldean patriarchate, consulted by Agenzia Fides - will begin on the afternoon of Monday 26 November with a Eucharistic concelebration presided over by the Syrian Catholic Patriarch Ignace Youssif III Younan at the Syro-Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, theater of a massacre committed by a commando of al Qaeda on 31 October 2010 in which about 50 faithful and two priests died.
The program of the meeting also includes, on Tuesday 27 November, a meeting of the Patriarchs with a large group of young Iraqi Christians, to be held in the Chaldean cathedral dedicated to Saint Joseph. The meeting - which will end with the publication of a final statement on the condition of Christian communities in the Middle East will be attended by Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai, Coptic Catholic Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak, Melchite Patriarch Youssef Absi, Armenian Catholic Patriarch Krikor Bedros XX Ghabroyan, Bishop William Shomali (representing the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem) and Professor Souraya Bechealany, Secretary General of the Council of the Churches of the Middle East. (GV) (Agenzia Fides, 23/11/2018)