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[[File:vigile.jpg|thumb|Archbishop Vigil of Paris with Patriarch Volodimir in Kiev]]
He is an Archeologist by background, having studied the History of Classical Antiquity, Archeology and Byzantine History. He wrote his
thesis degree of Byzantine canon and civil law at the Institute of Byzantine History (DISAM) at a prestigious Italian universities.
As a young boy, he was part of a parish of [[Russian Orthodox Church - Moscow Patriarchate]] [http://mediolanum.me/1111-2/] directed by Archimandrite Evloghij.