Human Development Campaign Targets the Cycle of Poverty

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Ashur Soro serves as the vicar general and Titular Bishop of Foraziana at Chaldean Catholic Diocese of Saint Peter the Apostle, a California-based ministering establishment for Chaldean and Assyrian Catholics in the Western US. Additionally, Bishop Ashur Soro also maintains affiliation with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which administers the Catholic Campaign for Human Rights Development.

The domestic anti-poverty program of the USCCB, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) focuses on carrying out the mission of Jesus Christ through services and assistance to the poor. It uses a collaborative approach to anti-poverty activities and operates on the concept that those affected by unjust systems and structures will offer the most promising insight toward change. Furthermore, the CCHD works to educate the general public on poverty and its causes.

CCDH works directly with people in low-income neighborhoods in order to break the cycle of poverty, and provides them with the agency to participate in the decisions affecting their lives, families, and communities. Funded groups offered by the program include the Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching, which targets various aspects and causes of poverty. An annual parish collection helps support the program’s continued services, in addition to donations from generous Catholics throughout the US.

For more information about the CCHD, visit www.usccb.org/about/catholic-campaign-for-human-development.

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Separation and Connection between the Assyrian and Chaldean Traditions

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Assyrian and Chaldean Traditions
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Having served for many years as a bishop of the Assyrian Church of the East in California, Ashur Soro began to see the similarities between his tradition and the branch of Catholicism called the Chaldean Church. For his attempts to encourage his followers to accept the primacy of the pope and united with the Chaldean Church, he was suspended from the Assyrian church in 2005. In 2014, however, Bishop Ashur Soro was embraced by Pope Francis, who appointed him in the Chaldean Church, with the titular see of Foraziana.

The (Assyrian) Church of the East is one of the oldest versions of Christianity, having originated in the first centuries CE with the Mesopotamian-Babylonian tradition. This Church is also sometimes referred to as the “Nestorian” church”, the Persian church, or the Syrian church.

The Chaldean tradition was created in the 16th century when a group of the Church of the East bishops and members broke away to join the Roman Catholic church in acknowledgement of the primacy of the pope.

Despite the similarities between the Assyrian and Chaldean churches, the two Christian traditions remain separate. For some Assyrians, joining the Chaldean church provides an opportunity for greater unity within the Catholic church. For others, however, maintaining independence in the Assyrian tradition is an important way to honor a shared cultural and historical past.