Emmanuel III Delly
|His Eminent Beatitude
|Patriarch Emeritus of Babylon of the Chaldeans|
|Native name||ܡܪܝ ܥܡܢܘܐܝܠ ܬܠܝܬܝܐ ܕܠܝ|
|See||Chaldean Catholic Patriarchate of Babylon|
|Appointed||3 December 2003|
|Term ended||19 December 2012|
|Predecessor||Raphael I Bidawid|
|Successor||Louis Raphaël I Sako|
|Ordination||21 December 1952|
|Consecration||16 April 1963
by Paul II Cheikho
|Created Cardinal||24 November 2007|
|Birth name||Emmanuel Karim Delly|
6 October 1927 |
Tel Keppe, Iraq
Mar Emmanuel III Delly (Syriac: ܡܪܝ ܥܡܢܘܐܝܠ ܬܠܝܬܝܐ ܕܠܝ, Arabic: مار عمانوئيل الثالث دلّي) (born October 26, 1927) is the Patriarch Emeritus of Babylon of the Chaldeans and former Primate of the Chaldean Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic sui juris Particular church of the Catholic Church and a Cardinal. An ethnic Assyrian, he was born in Tel Keppe and was ordained a priest on December 21, 1952. He was ordained a bishop ten years later in December 1962 at the age of 35. He was elected Patriarch of the Chaldean Church on December 3, 2003, succeeding the late Patriarch Raphael I Bidawid. He was created a Cardinal Bishop on November 24, 2007.
His patriarchate in Iraq came at a fairly difficult time period. Before he became Patriarch he had been accidentally injured by shattered glass in an attack. Hence he has been strongly concerned about the security situation there. Although optimistic about the Iraqi elections he has expressed criticisms about upsurges in violences against Christians. He has taken efforts to improve the population's morale, maintain friendly relations with Islamic leaders, improve safety, and work for the release of kidnapping victims.
Since his election as Patriarch in December 2003, Mar Emmanuel III Delly has continued to work for the Chaldean Church. In Iraq, the Chaldean Church, which is the largest Christian group, consists of eight dioceses totaling 100 parishes and approximately 600,000 people. Additionally, there are another eight dioceses outside of Iraq, in countries including Iran, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Europe, Australia, Canada and the U.S. It is estimated that the Chaldean population is over one and a half million devotees world wide.
Mar Emmanuel III Delly is well known for his respect and cooperation with leaders of other churches and faiths, mainly Muslims. Mar Emmanuel III Delly acts as a spiritual father, not only to the whole Chaldean Church, now scattered all over the world, but to all Christians in Iraq, especially in these times of great hardships.
During his 42 years as a bishop, Mar Emmanuel III Delly's contributions to the Chaldean Church include building of many churches in and outside of Iraq. This includes the establishment of the College of Babylon, as a philosophy and theology institution. Also, he spiritually supervises the Chaldean monasteries and convents. Mar Emmanuel III Delly oversees several Chaldean religious journals and publications. He is well known for his administrative abilities and love of his people.
On October 17, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI announced that he would make Mar Emmanuel III Delly a Cardinal. Delly was elevated to the College of Cardinals in the consistory at St. Peter's Basilica on November 24, 2007. Pope Benedict XVI said on this occasion that by naming Emmanuel III Delly cardinal, he was demonstrating his "spiritual closeness and [his] affection" for Iraqi Christians.
On 19 December 2012 Cardinal Delly resigned as patriarch of Chaldean Catholic Church and Pope Benedict named Archeparch Jacques Ishaq as administrator ad interim. At the same time Pope Benedict convoked a synod to be held to Rome of the Chaledean Church to choose a successor to Cardinal Delly.
- Master's Degree in Philosophy, Pontifical Urbaniana University. Thesis: ""The Existence of God according to Abu Nasr Al-Farabi" 
- Doctor of Sacred Theology, Pontifical Lateran University.
- Doctor of Canon Law, Pontifical Lateran University.
|Ordination history of Emmanuel III Delly|
|Date of ordination||21 December 1952|
|Principal consecrator||Paul II Cheikho|
|Co-consecrator||Raphaël I Bidawid|
|Co-consecrator||Armand-Etienne M. Blanquet du Chayla, O.C.D.|
|Date of consecration||19 April 1963|
|Date of elevation||24 November 2007|
|Bishops consecrated by Emmanuel III Delly as principal consecrator|
|Emil Shimoun Nona||8 January 2010|
|Bashar Matti Warda, C.SS.R.||3 July 2010|
- Iraqi cardinal-to-be says he is symbol of national unity http://uk.news.yahoo.com/afp/20071123/twl-vatican-pope-iraq-3cd7efd_1.html
- "Annuncio di Concistorio per la Creazione di nuovi Cardinali" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 2007-10-17. Retrieved 2007-10-17.
- "Concistoro Ordinario Pubblico per la Creazione di Ventitré Nuovi Cardinali (continuazione)" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 2007-11-24. Retrieved 2007-11-24.
- "Pope elevates new cardinals, expresses solidarity with Iraqi Christians", Associated Press (International Herald Tribune), November 23, 2007.
- Carol Glatz, Pope acknowledges Iraq's beleaguered Catholics by naming cardinal. Catholic News Service, Oct. 17, 2007. The article mentions that the philosophy degree is a master's degree, but the degree given at the Urbaniana is a license. Pontifical Urbaniana University—Faculty of Philosophy—Program of Studies (accessed Nov. 13, 2007).
- Frederik Pleitgen and Saad Abedine. CNN.com. http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/11/19/iraq.christians/ Keeping Christianity Alive
- Gamel, Kim. "Chaldean Patriarch Seeks Ties to Muslims", Associated Press, October 30, 2007.[dead link]
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|Catholic Church titles|
Raphael I Bidawid
|Patriarch of Babylon
of the Chaldean Catholic Church
Louis Raphaël I Sako