Chaldean Catholic Archeparchy of Arbil

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Archeparchy of Erbil of the Chaldeans
Archieparchia Arbilensis Chaldaeorum
إيبارشية أربيل الكلدانية
Chaldean Catholic Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Ankawa near Erbil, Iraq.jpg
Mar Yousif Cathedral in Ankawa, Erbil
Country Iraq
Ecclesiastical province Immediately Subject to the Patriarchal See of Babylon
Denomination Catholic Church
Sui iuris church Chaldean Catholic Church
Rite East Syriac Rite
Established 7 March 1968
Cathedral Mar Yousif Cathedral
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako
Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda

The Chaldean Catholic Archdiocese of Erbil (Latin: Archieparchia Arbilensis Chaldaeorum, Arabic: إيبارشية أربيل الكلدانية‎) is a Chaldean Catholic diocese with its seat in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan. Erected in 1968 with territory taken from the Archeparchy of Kirkuk, it is immediately subject to the Patriarchal See of Babylon. The see of the archbishop is the Cathedral of St. Joseph (Mar Yousif) in Ankawa, a suburb of Erbil.

Under Archbishop Bashar Warda, the archdiocese expanded its activity by creating the Catholic University in Erbil and several youth and healthcare agencies. In particular, the Archdiocese took a leading role in the care of Christians displaced from Mosul and the Nineveh plains after the ISIS invasion of those areas in 2014. During this period, Ankawa and Erbil became the center of Christian life in Iraq.



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Coordinates: 36°11′00″N 44°00′00″E / 36.1833°N 44.0000°E / 36.1833; 44.0000

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