Chaldean synod in Iraq hails return of Catholics who fled IS

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Meeting also nominates new bishops, monks and nuns as clergy shortfall looms
La Croix International staff (with Catholic News Service)
Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako at the Vatican June 28. (Photo by Fabio Frustaci/MaxPPP)

The Chaldean Church held a weeklong synod in the Kurdish stronghold of Dahuk to discuss its future in Iraq and nominate bishops to forward to the Holy See for approval as the war-torn nation faces a dwindling Catholic population.