Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Europe

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Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Western and Central Europe
Jurisdiction Antioch
Diocese type Archdiocese
Founded 2000
Current bishop Metropolitan 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
Official website

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 Metropolitan is His Eminence John, Metropolitan of Western and Central Europe, elected June 18, 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 HG 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.


  • Deanery of the United Kingdom and Ireland

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 21 October 2007).


  1. Metropolitan Gabriel (Saliby) of Western Europe

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