About the Author
Bishop Mar Bawai Soro, an Assyrian Catholic bishop and ecumenist whose passion and life's work have been aimed at the attainment of Christ's prayer for the unity of the Church - "that they may be one" (John 17:21). Born in Iraq, in 1954, his vocation began in Baghdad, as deacon (1973) and later ordained to the priesthood (1982) and episcopacy (1984) in Chicago. He represented the Assyrian Church of the East from 1982-2005, including the dialogue with the Catholic Church, during which time the signing of the "Common Christological Declaration" became a landmark event, ending theological isolation of this Church for 15 centuries. Bishop Soro is considered by many officials "among the architects of the dialogue with the Catholic Church – contributing significantly to its successful progress". Author of numerous papers on the Church of the East's theology and history, he is a leading figure in many ecumenical inter-church forums, including the Pro Oriente Foundation (Syriac Commission).