URGENT ¥¥¥ Synod elects Iraqi archbishop as new Chaldean patriarch

Bishops from the Iraq-based Chaldean Church elected the archbishop of Kirkuk as their new patriarch on Friday at a synod held in Rome instead of Baghdad for security reasons, church officials said.

Louis Sako will replace Emmanuel III Delly who retired in December after reaching the age limit of 85 in the Christian church which recognises the authority of the pope.