Chaldean Catholic synod of bishops, after four days of meetings at Vatican, elected Sako on January 31 as the successor to His Beatitude Emmanuel-Karim III Delly, 85, who reportedly resigned for health reasons in December. His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI reportedly formally recognized the election by extending “ecclesial communion” to him.
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, urged new Patriarch Sako to pioneer interfaith dialogue working together with various world religions and denominations on issues facing the humanity, as serious and honest interfaith dialogue was the need of the hour. This dialogue might also help us vanquish the prejudices, caricatures, etc., passed on to us from previous generations, Zed added.
Rajan Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that religion was a complex component of human life and dialogue helped us to see interconnections and interdependencies between religions and even similarities in doctrines. Religions should at least work together on common religious concerns like peace-making and peace-keeping, social and economic development, freedom and human rights, Zed stressed.
One of the oldest churches in the world, Chaldean Catholic Church, in full communion with the Holy See, has reportedly about 500,000 adherents in Iraq, Lebanon, Iran, Syria, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, France, USA, Canada, Australia, etc.
Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion devotees and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.