TURKEY: Chaldean Synod elects Khuroyo Sabri Anar as Archbishop of Omid Archdiocese

OMID, Turkey — The Chaldean Synod elected the Khuroyo Sabri Anar as archbishop of the Chaldean Archdiocese in Omid (Diyarbakir), Turkey, to succeed the retired Mor Ramzi Karmo. The newly-elected archbishop was installed by Pope Francis.

Archbishop Anar was born and raised in the village of Baznai in Hakkari, on 1st January in 1966. His parents are Yeshua Tuma Anar and Kaspo Zia Yaqan.

He joined the Capuchin priests institute in Istanbul, and finished the preliminary stage. He then moved to the Patriarchal Priestly Institute in Baghdad, Iraq to complete his philosophical and theological studies between 1985 and 1990. His family migrated to France with Most of the Christian families that lived in southern Turkey.

He was ordained as a priest in Church of the Sacred Heart in Paris, at the hands of Archbishop of Tehran the late Archbishop John Isay.

He was entrusted with serving the Chaldean community with Turkish roots in Sarcelles, France. He was assigned as Khuroyo by the Chaldean Patriarch Mor Louis Raphael Sako in 2017. He continued his pastoral studies at the Catholic Institute in Paris.

He also oversaw the construction of a nursing home, as well as a primary and preparatory school in France.

He is fluent in Syriac (Suret dialect), Turkish, French, Arabic and Kurdish.

The seat of the Chaldean Archdiocese of Omid (Diyarbakir) is located in Istanbul, Turkey.