Thursday, December 11, 2003

Chaldean Catholic church photos
St Joseph’s, Troy, Michigan, US
The Chaldean Catholic Church is the biggest Christian church in Iraq, outsizing its parent, the Assyrian (formerly called Nestorian) Church.

But this building seems very influenced by the Eastern Orthodox - I understand the Assyrian Rite uses relatively austere churches because the Church of Iraq was estranged from what became the Roman Catholics, the Eastern Orthodox and the Oriental Orthodox before icons were introduced. (They don't oppose icons in principle but traditionally don't use them.) The Church of Armenia, one of the Oriental Orthodox ones, is like that too.

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