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Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Europe

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jurisdiction=[[Church of Antioch|Antioch]]|
founded=1982<ref>[ Metropolitan Gabriel (Saliby) of Western Europe]</ref>2000|
bishop=Metropolitan John (Yazigi)|
The first bishop of the Patriarchate of Antioch in Western Europe came in 1982. He was HG Gabriel (Saliby)<ref>[ Metropolitan Gabriel (Saliby) of Western Europe]</ref>, 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.

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