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Ordinariate for Eastern Catholics in France

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Ordinariate for Eastern Catholics in France
- Catholics
(as of 2019)
Established16 June 1954
Current leadership
BishopMichel Aupetit
Bishops emeritusAndré Vingt-Trois
Greek Church of Cargèse in Corsica.
Melkite Church of Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre in Paris.
Saint Ephrem Church in Paris, Syrian Catholic Church

The Ordinariate for Eastern (Rite) Catholics in France (or France of the Eastern Rite) (French: Ordinariat des catholiques de rite oriental résidant en France) is a Catholic Ordinariate for Eastern Catholic faithful (pseudo-diocesan jurisdiction within a Latin Church territory), jointly for Eastern Catholics in various rites and languages of particular churches sui iuris without proper jurisdiction there.

It is exempt, i.e. immediately subject to the Holy See, and depends directly on its Dicastery for the Eastern Churches.


Since 1922 existed in the archdiocese of Paris a diocesan administration for the strangers, which was placed under the authority of an auxiliary bishop. The high number of Middle Eastern immigrants had imposed on the archbishop, in December 1953, the creation of 8 eastern parishes in Paris. The question, however, did not concern only the French capital, but the entire national territory; in fact, according to the 1954 census, approximately 50,000 Catholics belonging to the various Eastern rites resided permanently in France.[1][2] At the beginning of 1954, the Episcopal commission for foreigners elaborated a report on the situation of the Orientals in France and on the opportunity to create a "coordination" between them.[3]

These considerations prompted the Holy See to erect the ordinariate for the faithful of the Eastern rite on July 27, 1954 with the decree Nobilis Galliae Natio of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches, which implemented an ex audientia decision of the Pope Pius XII of June 16.[4] The ordinary office is entrusted to the archbishop pro tempore of Paris, with the right to appoint one or more vicars general for the eastern faithful.[5]

The ordinariate lost its jurisdiction over three Eastern Catholic rite-specific particular churches sui iuris to the following jurisdictions directly dependent on their particular chiefs, but not part of any ecclesiastical province:

Territory and statistics[edit]

The Ordinariate has jurisdiction over the faithful of the Eastern rites who live on French territory, with the exception of those who have their own ordinary, as Armenians, Ukrainians and Maronites. Its seat is located in Paris and its ordinary is the Metropolitan Archbishop of national capital Paris, and its incumbents were all created Cardinals.[citation needed]

As per 2013, it pastorally served 127,000 Eastern Catholics in 11 parishes.[citation needed]


In 2013 the following communities depend on the ordinariate:[6]

Episcopal ordinaries[edit]

Ordinaries of France of Eastern Rite

(for bios, see also the Metropolitan Paris see)

It has had one Auxiliary Bishop :

See also[edit]


  • Annuario Pontificio, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Città del Vaticano, 2003, ISBN 88-209-7422-3.


  1. ^ books.google.it
  2. ^ [Kaptijn, op. cit., p. 255.]
  3. ^ [Kaptijn, op. cit., pp. 253-254.]
  4. ^ [The Pontifical Yearbook reports the date of the ordination of the ordinariate of 16 June and not that of the decree]
  5. ^ [Kaptijn, op. cit., p. 255.]
  6. ^ paris.catholique.fr
  7. ^ mission-chaldeenne.org
  8. ^ "sjlpmelkites.com". Archived from the original on 2018-04-24. Retrieved 2018-04-24.
  9. ^ nicolasdemyre.tripod.com

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