Jibrail Kassab

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Jibrail Kassab (born 5 August 1938) is a bishop of the Chaldean Catholic Church who presides over the Eparchy of Saint Thomas the Apostle of Sydney in Australia. He has been the bishop of this diocese since its inception on 21 October 2006. His bishopric is currently based at St Thomas the Apostle Chaldean Catholic Church, Bossley Park, New South Wales. Kassab was born in Tel Keppe, Iraq, to a Chaldean family. He was ordained a priest on 19 January 1961. Following 35 years of service in the priesthood, he was elevated to the episcopate by the then Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, Mar Raphael I Bidawid. Upon his installation, his first post was to serve as archbishop of the Archeparchy of Basra. Following the difficult plight of Iraq's Chaldean Christians during the Iraq War, Pope Benedict XVI transferred Kassab to a safer area and created a diocese in Sydney that would cover all of Australia and New Zealand. He installed Kassab as its head prelate, a post he still holds today.

Jibrail Kassab
Archbishop of the
Eparchy of Saint Thomas the Apostle of Sydney
SeeEparchy of Saint Thomas the Apostle of Sydney
In office21 October 2006—present
Ordination19 January 1961
Personal details
Born5 August 1938
Tel Keppe, Iraq
Previous postArchbishop of Basra
Archbishop of Basra
Ordination history of
Jibrail Kassab
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorMar Raphael I Bidawid
Co-consecratorsArchbishop Georges Garmo
Date5 May 1996

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Preceded by
Chaldean Bishop of Oceania
Succeeded by