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Enthronement of Metropolitan John of Central & Western Europe

bishop-webHis Eminence John (Yaziji), formerly Titular Bishop of al-Hosn, was enthroned as Metropolitan Archbishop of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Western and Central Europe at the Cathedral of St Stephen in Paris on September 20th and 21st.

His Beatitude, Patriarch Ignatius IV presided at Saturday's Enthronement and Sunday's Hierarchical Divine Liturgy.  Several other bishops from the Antiochian Holy Synod traveled to Paris for the Enthronement including Metropolitans George (Khodr) of Mount Lebanon, Antonios (Chedraoui) of Mexico, Damaskinos (Mansour) of Brazil, Paul (Yaziji) of Aleppo - the brother of Metropolitan John, Basil (Nassour) of Akkar, Saba (Esper) of Hauran, and Silouan (al-Moussi) of Argentina.  Also in attendance were Metropolitan Emmanuel of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of France and the other members of the Assembly of the Orthodox Bishops in France (l'AEOF - consisting of hierarchs from the Patriarchates of Constantinople, Antioch, Moscow, Serbia, and Romania), as well as Bishop Athanasios of Limassol from the Orthodox Church of Cyprus.

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