Joseph III (Chaldean Catholic Patriarch)

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Mar Joseph III († January 23, 1757 in Diyarbakir ) was a Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church (Patriarchate of Diyarbakir).

He was initially a “pupil of the school of great Rome”, that is, of the Roman college of the Propaganda Congregation . Under the name Timotheus he was appointed Metropolitan of Diyarbakir in 1696 and shortly after the death of Mar Joseph II († 1712) at his request to the Patriarch. He received the Roman confirmation and the pallium in 1714. Joseph III. defended the union with Rome in Diyarbakir and Mardin and, supported by Latin missionaries, expanded it into the Mosul plain , where he personally won around 3,000 converts in 1723. At the instigation of his denominational opponents, he was arrested several times by the Ottoman authorities. Released from prison in 1731, he traveled to Rome and stayed in Europe for a few years. Before his departure he ordained Basilius Hesro as Bishop of Mardin († 1738) and Shem'on Kemo for Seert ( Siirt ). In 1741 he returned to Diyarbakir, where he held office until his sudden death in 1757.


  • Georg Graf: History of Christian Arabic Literature . Vol. 4. Bibl. Apost. Vaticana, Città del Vaticano 1951, 110.

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Joseph II Patriarch of Babylon of
1713 - 1757
Joseph IV