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Pope Francis Names New Bishop of Chaldean Eparchy of Toronto

October 31, 2017

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Bishop Bawai Soro, 63, as bishop of the Chaldean Eparchy of Mar Addai of Toronto. Up until now, Bishop Soro has been an auxiliary bishop of the Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of Saint Peter the Apostle in San Diego.

The announcement was publicized in Washington on October 31, 2017 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Bishop Soro was born March 3, 1954 in Kerkûk. He was ordained a priest on February 21, 1982.

Pope Francis appointed Bishop Soro as auxiliary eparch for the Chaledean Catholic Eparchy of Saint Peter the Apostle of San Diego on January 11, 2014.  At that same time, he was also named Titular Bishop of Foratiana. 

The Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of Mar Addai of Toronto is the sole eparchy of the Chaldean Catholic Church for Canada. Its cathedral episcopal see is the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd in North York, near Toronto, in Ontario. The Chaldean Diocese of Mar Addai has a population of 37,716 Catholics. Neighboring dioceses include Saint Peter the Apostle of San Diego and Saint Thomas the Apostle of Detroit.   

Keywords: Pope Francis, Bishop Bawai Soro, Chaldean Eparchy Mar Addai of Toronto, Chaldean Eparchy St. Peter the Apostle, San Diego, Canada, Foratiana, Chaldean Catholic Church.


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