BAGHDEDE, Iraq — On 27 September, Syriac Catholic Patriarch Mar Ignatius Youssef III Younan traveled to the Nineveh Plains town of Baghdede (Qaraqosh / Hamdaniya), Iraq, where he embarked on a series of condolence visits to offer solace to the grieving families affected by the tragic wedding hall fire.
During his visit, the Patriarch led prayers for the solace of departed souls, the swift recovery of the wounded, and patience for the believers of the Archdiocese of Mosul and the families grappling with the loss.
Patriarch Younan paid a solemn visit to Father Boutros Shito and his family, offering heartfelt condolences on the loss of eight of their family members.
Patriarchs from other Churches also shared their grief and condolence messages.
Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East Mor Awa III Royel conveyed a heartfelt message of condolence and solidarity to Patriarch Younan. He expressed deep sorrow at the news of the fire and shared in the collective mourning.
Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II expressed deep sorrow and regret over the tragedy. In a message to Patriarch Younan, he invoked the comforting presence of Christ to heal and strengthen the affected, referencing biblical verses for solace. Patriarch Aphrem offered prayers for the departed to receive mercy and wished the wounded a speedy recovery.
Chaldean Patriarch Mar Louis Raphael Sako expressed condolences and solidarity on behalf of the Chaldean Church, affirming their support for the Syriac Catholic Archdiocese of Mosul and the faithful of Nineveh Plains.
Patriarch of the Ancient Church of the East Mar Gorgis III Younan also offered condolences, expressing shared sorrow for the tragic events that unfolded in Baghdede.