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Recently, His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel of France spoke in an interview with The National Herald regarding the November 14th terrorist attacks in France. According to his Eminence, no Greek-Orthodox Christians were among the victims. In his role as Metropolitan, His Eminence Emmanuel keeps very good communication with the Ministry of Interior in France.
In his position of inter-religious dialogue, Metropolitan Emmanuel has a very open in understanding and communication with other faiths. In regards to the terror attacks, His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel of France stated, “We condemn the horrific terrorist attacks, which were actually against democracy, a government, and certainly against all civilized society. We lived in similar situations last January with the attack against the newspaper (view the article on this attack here). The recent attack was organized by foreign hands that belong to the so-called Islamic State, which is not a state, nor has it any relations with Islam.”
His Eminence Emmanuel then emphatically stated:
The churches will be open, of course, and we are going to offer prayers for the innocent victims and for peace and healing.
His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel of France was born in the year 1958 in Crete. His advanced studies in Philosophy and Theology were at the Faculty of Humanities of the Catholic Institute of Paris and St. Sergius Orthodox Institute and his continued studies were completed in Religious History at the Sorbonne (Paris IV) and the Higher Institute of Ecumenical Studies at the Institute Catholique de Paris. In the year 1985, he was ordained a deacon and then priest. His Eminence then studied at our own Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.
“In 1987 he was appointed as the Chancellor of the Metropolis of Belgium. His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew appointed him to head the Liaison Office of the Orthodox Church to the European Union at its inception in 1995. In early 2003 he was unanimously elected by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to be Metropolitan of France. Since 2001 the Ecumenical Patriarchate has entrusted him with responsibilities for the International Inter-religious Dialogue with the Monotheistic Religions (view full biography here archons.org).”
The main interview of this article is on a paid subscription website for The National Herald, and for a concise synopsis of the entire interview click here.
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