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Our World
(from Catholic Near East January – February 1997)

Assyrian-Chaldean Statement
Posted: 01 Jan 1997

On 29 November, following meetings in Southfield, Mich., Mar Dinkha IV, Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, and Raphael I Bidawid, Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, issued a joint statement providing for a “Joint Commission for Unity” to develop a “Catechism of the Church of the East” and establish an institution for the training of priests, deacons and catechists for the Assyrian and Chaldean Catholic churches.

The statement also calls for the liturgical and cultural use of Aramaic and for the development of joint pastoral programs.