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World Iraqi Priests Suspended for Seeking Asylum Without Superiors' Consent



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Twelve Chaldean religious men and priests living in the United States, Canada, Australia and Sweden have been suspended from exercising their priestly ministry after emigrating from Iraq without receiving permission from their superiors, Catholic News says.

According to a written decree signed by Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad, the sanctions went into effect Oct. 22 following repeated, but "unfortunately unfruitful ultimatums" from the men's religious orders or bishops.

The decree listed the following six monks and six priests as being "suspended from practicing priestly ministry: Father Noel Gorgis; Father Andraws Gorgis Toma; Father Awraha Mansoor; Father Patros Solaqa; Father Fadi Isho Hanna; Father Ayob Shawkat Adwar; Father Fareed Kena; Father Faris Yaqo Maroghi; Father Peter Lawrence; Father Remon Hameed; Father Hurmiz Petros Haddad; and Father Yousif Lazgeen Abdulahad.

At least three of those suspended had been serving the Chaldean diaspora in the Eparchy of St. Peter the Apostle of San Diego since leaving Iraq.

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