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Pope Francis: appoints Mgr. Michel Aupetit as new Archbishop of Paris

Pope Francis has accepted Card. André Vingt-Trois’ resignation from the pastoral leadership of the Archdiocese of Paris and has appointed Mgr. Michel Aupetit, hitherto Bishop of Nanterre, as Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Paris. Mgr. Michel Aupetit was born in Versailles, in the Diocese bearing the same name, on 23 March 1951. Having completed his secondary studies, he enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine of Créteil, from which he graduated in 1978. He practiced medicine in Colombes, in the northern suburb of Paris, for twelve years. He specialised in medical ethics and also taught that subject at the Henri Mondor Hospital in Créteil. In 1990, he entered the seminary for priestly formation and obtained a degree in theology. He was ordained a priest on 24 June 1995 for the Archdiocese of Paris. After his ordination, he held the following ministerial posts: vicar of the parish of Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis and chaplain of the high schools and colleges of the Marais district: François Couperin, Charlemagne et Saint-Germain, Victor Hugo (1995-2001); parish priest of Notre-Dame de l’Arche d’Alliance (2001-2006); deacon of the Pasteur-Vaugirard Deanery (2004-2006); vicar general of Paris and member of the Presbyteral Council (2006-2013). He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Paris on 2 February 2013 and was consecrated on 19 April 2013. On 4 April 2014, he was transferred to the episcopal see of Nanterre. He is the president of the Family and Society Council of the French Bishops’ Conference. He is also a member of the Working Group on Bioethics. Mgr. Aupetit will be sworn in on Saturday, 6 January 2018, at 6.30pm, at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. A press conference will follow the installation of the Bishop, but the date will be announced later by the Archdiocese of Paris.

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