(exarchat.eu) - In the Patriarchal letter dated 16 January 2013, His Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew first announced that, by decision of the Holy Synod, the demand for retirement of His Eminence Archbishop Gabriel of Comana has been accepted.
His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel of France is officially "Locum tenens appointed Patriarchal Exarchate of the Ecumenical Throne Orthodox Parishes of Russian Tradition in Western Europe", in accordance with the request made in this direction by the Council of the Archdiocese. From now until the election of the new Archbishop should be in liturgical celebrations commemorate the name of His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel of France as Locum Tenens of the archiepiscopal throne.
The Council of the Archdiocese will meet shortly under the chairmanship of Metropolitan Emmanuel to determine the date of the Extraordinary General Assembly to elect a new Archbishop and conditions of appointment of candidates in accordance with § 41 and 42 of the Statute of the Archdiocese. The terms of appointment of parish lay delegates will also be communicated as soon as possible.