Bashar Warda

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Bashar Matti Warda
Archbishop of Erbil of the Chaldeans
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Bishop Warda during Pentecost all-night vigil in the cathedral of Lodi, 14 May 2016
Native name بشار متي وردة
Church Chaldean Catholic Church
Archdiocese Chaldean Catholic Archeparchy of Erbil
Elected 25 May 2009
Installed 24 May 2010
Predecessor Yacoub Denha Scher
Other posts
Ordination 8 May 1993
by Patriarch Raphael I Bidawid
Consecration 3 July 2010
by Patriarch Emmanuel III Delly
Personal details
Born (1969-06-15) 15 June 1969 (age 49)
Baghdad, Iraq
Denomination Chaldean Catholic

Bashar Matti Warda (Arabic: بشار متي وردة‎; born 15 June 1969 in Baghdad, Iraq) is a Chaldean Catholic cleric and the current Archbishop of Erbil, Kurdistan Iraq.[1][2]


Born in 1969, Warda joined the Saint Peter's Chaldean seminary in Baghdad and was ordained a priest in 1993. In 1995 he joined the Redemptorist order of Flanders in Belgium. After receiving his master's at the Catholic University of Louvain in 1999 he returned to Iraq.

Warda was apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Zaku from July 2007 until its merger with the Diocese of Amadiyah in June 2013.

In 2009 the Synod of Bishops of the Chaldean Catholic Church elected him Archbishop of the Archeparchy of Erbil. After Pope Benedict XVI gave his consent to this election in 2010 he was consecrated on 3 July of the same year.;[3][4][5]

As part of his efforts to support the continuing Christian presence in Iraq, the Archbishop founded the Catholic University in Erbil, which was inaugurated in 2015.[6]

On 17 May 2017 he was received by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in Clarence House, London.[7]



  1. ^ «Noi siamo odiati perché ci ostiniamo a esistere come cristiani»
  2. ^ Those who've stayed – what now for Christians in Syria and Iraq?
  3. ^ Warda: aiutate i cristiani perseguitati d'Iraq
  4. ^ Iraqi archbishop: The plight of fleeing Christians makes him quarrel with God Archived 25 April 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Christians disappearing from Iraq, bishops lament Archived 5 June 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Polish Representation, Kurdistan Regional Government. "Official opening of the Catholic University in Erbil". Retrieved 17 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Daily Telegraph", London 18 may 2017 pg24

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Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Erbil

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