Kurdistan Mourns the Passing of Prominent Chaldean Religious Figure, Bishop Raban Hasqiel Raban al-Qas
In a collective moment of grief, Kurdistan unites to bid farewell to a beloved figure, Bishop Raban Hasqiel Raban al-Qas, a prominent Chaldean religious leader who dedicated his life to fostering religious and ethnic coexistence in the region. Leaders and citizens alike express their condolences and remember his significant contributions to both the Chaldean Church and the broader community.
Message from President Masoud Barzani:
"It is with great sadness that I have received the news of the passing away of the prominent Chaldean religious figure of Kurdistan, Raban Hasqiel Raban al-Qas, the Bishop of the Chaldean Church.
The late Raban Hasqiel Raban al-Qas played a significant role in spreading the culture of religious and ethnic coexistence in Kurdistan and supporting the legitimate cause of the Kurdish people. I extend my condolences to his family and Christian brothers and sisters in Kurdistan and around the world.
I ask God to place the soul of the late Raban Hasqiel Raban al-Qas in His mercy and grant him Paradise, and I pray for patience and peace for everyone.
Massoud Barzani August 28, 2023"
Message from Nechirvan Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Region:
"It is with a heavy heart that I learned of the passing of Bishop Raban Hasqiel Raban al-Qas, a prominent Christian and devoted luminary of Kurdistan. I extend my deepest condolences to his family, relatives, friends and the Christian community.
He was a prominent religious and social figure, who served immensely within religious, education and cultural issues. He was a strong defender of Kurdistan, peaceful coexistence and solidarity in Kurdistan, in Iraq and around the world.
May God Almighty bestow His mercy upon him and grant everyone comfort and patience.
The President of the Kurdistan Region" August 28, 2023
Message from Masrour Barzani, Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government:
“It is with profound sorrow that I learned of the passing of Bishop Rabban Al-Qas, a prominent figure in both the Chaldean Church and the broader community of Kurdistan.
“Bishop Rabban Al-Qas was a true patriot, ardently defending Kurdistan and championing peaceful coexistence among its diverse ethnic and religious groups. I extend my heartfelt condolences to His Beatitude, Patriarch of the Chaldean Church in Iraq, Mar Louis Raphaël I Sako, as well as to the brothers, sisters, and the broader Christian community in Kurdistan, and to his esteemed family.
“May God grant him eternal peace in heaven and provide comfort to all during this time."
Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government
28 August 2023"
The passing of Bishop Raban Hasqiel Raban al-Qas is deeply felt by all, and his legacy of promoting unity and coexistence will continue to inspire future generations in Kurdistan and beyond.