Bishop Andreas Abouna was 67 and had suffered from a kidney problem. He died in Erbil, Iraq. Funeral was held at Saint Josephâ€™s Cathedral in Ankawa, near Erbil.
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He was born on 23rd March 1943 in the village of Bedar, outside the northern Iraqi town of Zakho. At the age of 14, he joined Saint Peterâ€™s Seminary, northern city of Mosul. He was ordained a priest for the Chaldean Catholic Church on 5th June 1966.
He became a parish priest in the diocese of Basra in southern Iraq from 1967.
In 1971 he was appointed parish priest of Saint Joseph the Workerâ€™s Church, Baghdad, where he served for 20 years. In 1989 he became personal secretary to Chaldean Catholic leader Patriarch Raphael I Bidawid of Baghdad.
In 1991 became priest in charge of the Chaldean and Syrian-Catholic Mission, Ealing, West London, where he stayed for 11 years.
On 11th November 2002 he was named Auxiliary Bishop of Baghdad and he returned to Iraq. He was ordained a bishop by Pope John Paul II, St Peter’s, Rome, 6 January 2004.