The story: Iraq’s president has revoked state recognition of Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako as Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church. The measure, which has prompted a series of reactions—including from the supreme Shiite religious authority—threatens Sako’s legal control of church property. Some observers point to a power struggle between the cardinal and a rival Christian politician as driving the change.
The coverage: Issued a decade ago, Presidential Decree 147/2013 affirmed Sako’s status as head of the Chaldean Church and the legal caretaker of its endowment in the eyes of the Iraqi state.
President Abdul Latif Rashid on July 17 tweeted that the repeal of the decree “is not an attack on the Chaldean Church nor...
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