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American Christian Leadership Delegation to Iraqi Kurdistan - November 2012


His Eminence Cardinal Theodore McCarrick


Leading the

American Christian Leadership Delegation

Visit to Iraqi Kurdistan

November 4-9, 2012



His Eminence Theodore Cardinal McCarrick (Roman Catholic)

The Most Reverend Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, Legate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church and former President of the National Council of Churches USA (NCC)

The Very Reverend James Kowalski, Dean, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City (Episcopal Church in the United States of America; Anglican)

A. Larry Ross, Representing the American Christian Evangelical Leadership

Professor Carole A. O’Leary, The Catholic University of America

Professor James Quirk, The Catholic University of America

Mr. Richard Gallena, The Catholic University of America


Day 1, Sunday November 4

Delegation arrives in Erbil:
Greeting from Minister of Transportation, Jonson Siyaoosh Ayo, and others

Sunday Mass in St. Joseph Church, Ainkawa
    Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda, Presiding
    Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Homilist

Day 2, Monday November 5

Archbishop Bashar Matti in St. Joseph Church in Ainkawa, with
Paul Sutphin, the Consul General of the United States, and
Julian Habib Hanna and Delia “Day Quick, from the Consulate.

Tour with Archbishop Warda:
Mar Qardakh School,
    to Church under construction,
to Hospital under construction

Head of Municipality of Ainkawa, Jawher Yousif, and
Ainkawa District Director, Jalal H. Aziz,

Formal Lunch with important Christian Clerics and other distinguished guests, 25 persons, hosted by Archbishop Warda

Ishtar-TV, visit and tour

Three churches in Ainkawa and their clerics: 
    St John's Assyrian Church
    St George's Chaldean Church
    St Peter's Chaldean Seminary, including discussions with assembly of Iraqi Christian bishops


Day 3, Tuesday November 6

Mar Matti:  visit monastery and abbot, in the disputed Mosul Plain area

Monastery of the Virgin Mary in Al-Qosh, in the disputed Mosul Plain area

Bishop Rabban al-Qas and faculty at  Duhok International School
    Founded by Bishop Rabban, it provides financial support for all students who need it regardless
    of religious or ethnic affiliation

Bishop Rabban al-Qas tour of several small, historic churches

inner at Dilshad Palace Hotel with Duhok Deputy Governor Gergis Shlimon

Day 4, Wednesday November 7

Visit to Bishop Rabban al-Qas village and church, near Amadiya; Mass with Cardinal McCarrick

Visit to Barzan, including to the Barzani Memorial Center and the grave sites of Mula Mustafa Barzani, founder of the modern Kurdish nationalist movement, and his son, Idris Barzani.

Minister for Coordination & Follow Up, Office of the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region,
    Qubad Talabani, dinner


Day 5, Thursday November 8

President Massoud Barzani, meeting, including
    the President’s Chief of Staff, Dr. Fuad Hussein,
    Presidential Media Advisor Karim Zebari, and
    KRG Head of Foreign Relations, Falah Mustafa Bakir.

Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani (meeting re-scheduled)

Director General of Christian Affairs, Khalid Jamal Alber, meeting

Minister Endowments and Religious Affairs, Kamil Ali Aziz, meeting

Head of National Security Agency, Masrour Barzani, meeting

Minister of Interior, Karim Sinjari, meeting

fficial Dinner hosted by Minister of Transportation, Jonson Siyawesh Ayo; with
    Christian MPs and other distinguished guests.


Day 6, Friday November 9

USAID office at Consulate, meeting

Visit to Erbil Citadel and Bazaar

KRG Head of Foreign Relations, Falah Mustafa Bakir
  departure meeting at Erbil International Airport