Introduction / History
The "magi from the east" told the people of Mesopotamia about the birth of the Messiah. When St. Thomas the Apostle went there after the ascension of Jesus, the people quickly converted, already knowing of Jesus since His birth. Most of their modern prayers and beliefs have not changed since the time of Christ. They have been Chaldean-Catholic since the fall of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I, but have continuously been Christian since the time of Jesus. They have struggled in their history by persecutions from Persians, Arabs, Mongols, and Kurds.
Where Are they Located?
The Chaldeans live in Iraq and the Middle East, mostly in Northern Iraq, and also in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and North America with a significant concentration in the Metro Detroit area.
What Are Their Lives Like?
Throughout their struggles, they have kept much of their culture. Many have become successful entrepreneurs and educated people. An area of Detroit on 7 Mile has been officially designated "Chaldean Town".
What Are Their Beliefs?
In America, many have left the Catholic faith, yet the majority still claim Chaldean-Catholicism.
What Are Their Needs?
God will provide for their needs if they have faith.
* Pray for the Christians in Iraq who struggle in a Muslim country hostile to Christians.
|Profile Source: Christopher Younan|