What Is the Chaldean Church?

The Catholic Church is composed of various Rites, both Western and Eastern Rites. There are 23 Eastern Rites, of these the Chaldean Catholic Church is one of them. To be an Eastern Rite means that the Church retains her identity and tradition, liturgical, spiritual, etc., but has full communion with the Pope of Rome. The Chaldean Catholic Church is descendant from the Church of the East, an Ancient Church located in Mesopotamia that can trace her roots to Mar Addai and Mar Mari, disciples of St. Thomas the Apostle. Today, four churches claim patrimony from the Church of the East: The Chaldean Catholic Church, The Assyrian Church of the East, The Ancient Assyrian Church of the East, and The Syro-Malabar Church. The Patriarchate of the Chaldean Catholic Church currently resides in Baghdad, Iraq, with Eparchies around the world. The largest population of Chaldean Catholics found outside the Middle East is located in  Michigan. The Cathedral Parish St. Thomas the Apostle Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of the USA is Mother of God, located in Southfield, Michigan.