French President Jacques Chirac, greets the patriarch of the Catholic Chaldean Church

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1017071138_m_101707_world81.jpgFrench President Jacques Chirac, greets the patriarch of the Catholic Chaldean Church, Emmanuel III Delly, at the Elysee Palace in Paris.
The Chaldean Church is loyal to the pope but does not follow the Roman church’s Latin Rite. Patriarch Emmanuel III Delly is one of the 23 new cardinals the pontiff will elevate in a solemn ceremony next Nov. 24. The pope on Wednesday named 23 new cardinals, tapping the Chaldean patriarch of Baghdad, two Americans and archbishops from four continents to join the elite ranks of the ‘princes’ of the Roman Catholic Church. Eighteen of the 23 are under age 80 and thus eligible to vote in a conclave to elect a future pontiff.