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Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Western and Central Europe
Jurisdiction Antioch
Diocese type Archdiocese
Founded 2000
Current bishop Metr. John (Yazigi)
See(s) Paris
Headquarters Paris, France
Territory Western and Central Europe
Liturgical language(s) Arabic, French, English, German
Musical tradition Byzantine Chant
Calendar Revised Julian
Population estimate unknown
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The Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Western and Central Europe, headquartered in Paris, France, is a diocese of the Church of Antioch in Western and Central Europe. Its bishop is His Eminence John, Metropolitan of Western and Central Europe, elected June 17, 2008. He was enthroned on September 21, 2008, in St Stephen's Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Paris, by His Beatitude Ignatius IV, Patriarch of Antioch.


The first bishop of the Patriarchate of Antioch in Western Europe came in 1982. He was His Grace Gabriel (Saliby)[1], titular bishop of Palmyra and Vicar Bishop of the Patriarch. Under his leadership, the Vicariate grew in Austria, Britain, France, Germany and Switzerland. In its Autumn meeting of 2000, the Holy Synod of Antioch elevated the Vicariate to the status of Archdiocese and Sayedna Gabriel to Metropolitan.

Following the death of Sayedna Gabriel in October 2007, the archdiocese remained widowed until the following year. In the June 2008 Holy Synod, meeting at Balamand Monastery, Lebannon, it was resolved "Elected Metropolitan of Western Europe on June 17th is His Eminence JOHN (Yazigi), 53, former Titular Bishop of al-Hosn."



Reverse chronological order


  1. Metropolitan Gabriel (Saliby) of Western Europe

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