Vatican City, 9 April 2014 (VIS) – The Holy Father has sent a telegram of condolences to the Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, His Beatitude Louis Raphael I Sako, for the death of His Beatitude Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, patriarch emeritus of Babylon of the Chaldeans, at the age of 87.

In the text, the Pope conveys to “the faithful of the Patriarchate, both in Iraq and in the diaspora, my condolences and the assurance of my prayers” and recalls “with deep gratitude the late Patriarch’s dedication to his people and to the promotion of respectful, just and peaceful relations with followers of other religious traditions”.

Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin joins with the Pope in mourning the passing of the patriarch emeritus and expresses his heartfelt condolences to the Church of Iraq.