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Cardinal Emmanuel III (Karim) Delly
(September 27, 1927 - April 8, 2014)

Cardinal Emmanuel III (Karim) Delly

Visitation: Will take place at Mother of God Chaldean Cathedral Church
25585 Berg Rd, Southfield, Michigan 48033 (248) 356-0565
Service Hours for his most gracious excellency will take place
Friday April 11, 2014 from 4:00 Pm. to 12:00 Midnight.

Church Services: Will take place Saturday April 12, 2014 at 12:00 Noon

Interment: Will follow church services at Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery
25800 W 10 Mile Rd. Southfield, MI 48033 (248) 350-1900 

The Chaldean Diocese appreciates your love and respect for our most gracious clergy. The Diocese asked that you do not send flowers to the church. Please send any donations to The Chaldean Diocese Seminary Fund. 25603 Berg Rd. Southfield, Mi. 48033 
Thank You And May God Bless You.

 His life and formation

Cardinal Delly was born to a pious farming family in the town of Telkaif (within the Province of Ninevah-Mosul) on September 27, 1927, and given the name Karim. His parents Jarjis Murad Delly and Katrina Petrus Jadan were virtuous as most people from the village of Telkaif. He received the Holy Sacrament of Baptism on October 6, 1927, at the Church of Telkaif by the hands of the Reverend Francis Kattula. He completed his pre-school and kindergarten with the Dominican Sisters. Elementary schooling was fulfilled at the Elementary School of Telkaif.


Karim Delly entered St. Peter Patriarchal Seminary in Mosul on September 21, 1940, where he completed his studies of philosophy and theology. Upon completing two years of philosophy, his superiors obtained the blessing and consensus of the later Patriarch Emmanuel II and sent him to Rome on September 25, 1946, to continue his studies at the University of Propaganda Fide. His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Fomazoni Biondi ordained Karim a priest on December 21, 1952. Cardianal Biondi was prefect of the Congregation of Propaganda Fide at Propaganda Fide College in Rome, whose rector was Monsignor Felice Cenci, selected for consideration to be declared blessed. Fr. Delly obtained a masters degree in Philosophy at Urbainia University in 1949. His thesis was “The Existence of God by Philosopher Al-Faraby”. In addition, he earned a doctorate degree in Theology in 1954 with his thesis “Assemblies of Bishop Elia Bar Shenaya” with the Minister of Morocco in 1926. Finally, he earned a Doctorate in Canon Law from the Lateran University of Rome in 1959.


Fr. Delly returned to Baghdad on January 30, 1960, where he was appointed Secretary to the Patriarch Mar Paules Cheikho II for two years. Subsequently, he was elected Bishop and Patriarchal vicar on February 7, 1962. Patriarch Paules Cheikho II ordained Fr. Delly a Bishop on April 19, 1963, at St. Joseph Chaldean Church in Kharabanda, Baghdad. Bishop Delly was Patriarch Cheikho’s right hand undertaking the tasks of building churches and supervising the Patriarchal Seminary and Religious Orders.

On May 7, 1967, the Holy See granted Bishop Delly the title of Archbishop of Kashkar. He participated as an expert at the first session of Second Vatican Council and was a participant at other sessions. He was also active in several conventions in Europe, the United States, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq. For the sole purpose of serving his beloved church, he visited the Chaldeans in India, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Iran, Georgia, and Turkey.


Archbishop Delly was elected a member of the executive committee of the Council for Churches throughout the Middle East. Archbishop Delly carried out various other tasks in the administration of the Church. He was assigned advisor to the Pontifical Commission for the study of Canon Law and Advisor to the Pontifical Commission for Dialogue among Religions. The Archbishop placed a request for retirement from the position of Patriarchal Vicar when he reached the legal age of 75. Retirement was granted on October 9, 2002. On November 27, 2002, Patriarch Raphael I Bidawid I asked him to become advisor and in charge of the relations with the Iraqi government, and of the Chaldean Missions abroad. On December 10, 2002, Patriarch Raphael I Bidawid officially delegated Archbishop Delly with a special mandate to administer to and overlook all the Patriarchal properties and to secure their safeguard by contacting the appropriate legal offices concerning the properties of the Chaldean Congregations.


Following the death of Patriarch Mar Raphael I Bidawid on July 7, 2003, the Chaldean Bishops gathered in Rome on December 2, 2003, to hold elections. Archbishop Delly was elected Patriarch for the Chaldeans on December 3, 2003. He selected the name of Mar Emmanuel III Delly, Patriarch of Babylon for the Chaldeans in the world. He was welcomed in the communion of the Church at St. Peter Basilica in Vatican City by His Holiness, the High Pontiff Pope John Paul II on December 5, 2003.



TelegramFrom Pope Francis
His Beatitude Louis Raphaël I Sako
Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans

I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of His Beatitude Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, Patriarch Emeritus of Babylon of the Chaldeans. I offer you, the clergy, men and women religious and lay faithful of the Patriarchate, both in Iraq and in the diaspora, my condolences and the assurance of my prayers. I recall with deep gratitude the late Patriarch’s dedication to his people and to the promotion of respectful, just and peaceful relations with followers of other religious traditions. I join you and all who mourn the passing of this esteemed Pastor in commending his noble soul to the infinite mercy of God our loving Father, and I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of peace and hope in the Lord.



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