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[[Image:John Yazigi.jpg|right|frame|Metropolitan John
His Eminence Metropolitan '''John (Yazigi)''' heads the [[Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Western and Central Europe]] headquartered in Paris, France. Before his election and enthronement as Metropolitan, he had been [[titular bishop]] of Pyrgou (al-Hosn), Syria. He was also formerly the dean of the [[St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology (Tripoli, Lebanon)]], the patriarchal seminary attached to the University of Balamand.
His Eminence has a
License in Theology from the Balamand seminary (1978), a Diploma in Byzantine Music from the Byzantine Music Conservatory in Thessaloniki (1981), and a Ph.D. in Theology with a specialization in Liturgics from the University of Thessaloniki (1983). While at the Balamand, he served as Professor of Liturgics (1981-2008), as well as in the abbacy of St. George Al-Humayrah Patriarchal Monastery (1993-2005) and the [[Monastery of Our Lady of Balamand]] (2001-2005).
His Eminence is also the author of numerous books and articles on Orthodox theology and liturgics.