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Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Europe

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name=Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Western and Central Europe|
jurisdiction=[[Church of Antioch|Antioch]]|
founded=1982<ref>[ Metropolitan Gabriel (Saliby) of Western Europe]</ref>2000|bishop=Metropolitan John (Yazigi)''vacant''|
hq=Paris, France|
territory=Western and Central Europe|
language=Arabic, French, English, German|
music=[[Byzantine Chant]]|
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 [[Metropolitanbishop]] is was [[John X (Yazigi) of al-HosnAntioch|His Eminence John, Metropolitan of Western and Central Europe(Yazigi)]], elected [[June 1817]], 2008, until his election as Patriarch of Antioch on December 17, 2012. He was enthroned on [[September 21]], 2008, in St Stephen's Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Paris, by [[Ignatius IV (Hazim) of Antioch|His Beatitude Ignatius IV]], [[Patriarch]] of [[Antioch]].
The first bishop of the Patriarchate of Antioch in Europe came in 1982. He was His Grace Gabriel (Saliby)<ref>[ Metropolitan Gabriel (Saliby) of Western Europe]</ref>, 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 and Central Europe (the former name of the Archdiocese - now simply "Europe") on June 17th is His Eminence JOHN (Yazigi), 53, former Titular Bishop of al-Hosn."
During the episcopacy of Metropolitan John, the archdiocese was renamed as the ''Archdiocese of Europe''.
*[[Antiochian Orthodox Deanery of the United Kingdom and Ireland|Deanery of the United Kingdom and Ireland]] ==Bishops==Reverse chronological order *His Eminence [[John X (Yazigi) of Antioch|Metropolitan John (Yazigi)]], elected [[June 17]], 2008, enthroned [[September 21]], 2008. Elected Patriarch of the Church of Antioch [[December 17]], 2012. *His Eminence [[Gabriel (Saliby) of Western Europe|Metropolitan Gabriel (Saliby)]], Autumn 2000 until his death on [[October 21]] 2007 ''(Served since 1982 as Vicar Bishop in Western and Central Europe before creation of Archdiocese)'' 
==The episcopacy ==
Its first [[primate]] was His Eminence Gabriel (Saliby), [[Metropolitan]] of Western and Central Europe (from 1982, as a vicariate, to his death on [[October 21|21 October]] 2007).
==External links==
*[ Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Europe website]
*[ Antiochian Orthodox Deanery of the United Kingdom and Ireland]
*[ Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch in Germany] (German)

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