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New Metropolitan Demetrios Enthroned in France

The National Herald

The newly enthroned Metropolitan Demetrios of France on the Archieratical Throne of St. Stephanos Cathedral in Paris. (Photo by Fos Fanariou)

PARIS – His Eminence Metropolitan Demetrios, the new Metropolitan of France, was enthroned at the Cathedral of St. Stephanos in Paris. His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew was represented by Metropolitan Arsenios of Austria, who officiated at the enthronement.

The ceremony was attended by representatives of other Orthodox jurisdictions, as well as from the Roman Catholic Church, civil authorities and many Greek Orthodox faithful of France.

The new Metropolitan of France, Dimitrios Ploumis, was born on November 6, 1979, in Thessaloniki. He is a graduate of the Higher Ecclesiastical School of Thessaloniki and the Theological School of the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki.

In 2001 he was ordained a Deacon by the late Metropolitan of Nea Krini and Kalamaria, Prokopios, and in 2007 he was ordained a presbyter by Metropolitan Barnabas of Neapolis and Stavroupolis in Thessaloniki.

From 2015 to 2021, at the invitation of the then-Metropolitan of France Emmanuel, he served as presiding priest of the historic Greek Orthodox parish of Marseilles and as Archierarchical Vicar of southern France.

He participated in committees of inter-Christian dialogue and interreligious relations (Marseille Espėrance, Radio Dialoque), representing the Metropolis of France and the Ecumenical Patriarchate and speaks French and English.

On July 20, 2021, he was unanimously elected Metropolitan of France by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and he was ordained by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on July 25 at St. George Patriarch church in the Phanar.