The new Archbishop of Paris, Laurent Ulrich, takes office

DrVespers and welcome mass. Laurent Ulrich, the new Archbishop of Paris, takes office on Monday, May 23, in a hard-to-govern diocese, marked by the resignation of his predecessor.

Appointed by the Supreme Pontiff last month ADlove Ulrich, 70, succeeds Michel Aupetit, after accepting his resignation at the beginning of December. The latter has been challenged by his human resources management and several newspapers have loaned him an affair with a woman he has categorically denied.

A symbol of the importance he attaches to this monument, the new archbishop must first celebrate Vespers at 4 p.m. in the front yard of Notre Dame de Paris. Then he contemplates inside the memorial, amid scaffolding, where the building is still under restoration since the April 2019 fire that partially destroyed the gem of Gothic art.

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Welcome Mass will be held at 6:30 pm in Saint-Sulpice Church (6 .).And), in front of about 2,000 people. Nearly 500 parishioner priests and deacons have been invited, according to the diocese. The authorities, the faithful and about forty bishops have been attending the Archbishop of Lille since 2008, and the bishop was initially surprised by his appointment. “I begin my service with an inner sense of deep peace,” he told AFP after the impact of the surprise.

Moderate portrait within the catholic episcopate

The Diocese of Paris is the largest in France, with more than 500 active priests, a hundred parishioners, paid laity or volunteers participating in various movements and missions (displaced persons, immigrants, etc.). Like the President of the French Episcopal Conference (CEF) – currently Eric de Moulin Beaufort – it is the new Archbishop who embodies the first French cult with political authorities, civil society and the media.

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“At the moment, I don’t have a diagnosis. Above all, I realize that this diocese mourns the events that have bothered it in recent years – the fire in the cathedral, but also mourns the passing of my predecessor (Michel Aupetit, editor’s note), who expressed friendship and said Ulrich. Involved in the immigrant cause, a man of social fibers and recognized organizational talents, Mlove Ulrich presents a moderate image within the Catholic episcopate, unreservedly adopting the orientations of Pope Francis.

Mlove Ulrich, who is not a Parisian Seraglio, will have to treat as a priority to appease and restore unity between priests and believers in the capital, in a divided diocese, where criticism of Michel Aupetit’s administration has multiplied in recent months. There are different groups in the church […]I’ll meet them, listen as much as possible. Bishop said.

The work of Notre Dame continues in line of sight

Among the files he inherited is also the continuation of the Notre Dame de Paris restoration project, in dialogue with the state, and under the eyes of believers and many donors. “The site is huge, the work has already been done in great depth. I went there last Monday to meet with the officials, including General Jean-Louis Georgelin (who heads the institution responsible for restoring the building, editor’s note). It was very important for me to dive in from the start. That is why I begin the day by celebrating Vespers in the square in front of Notre Dame.

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“It is a blessing given to the Church of Paris and its Archbishop to receive this cathedral, in its condition, and to bring it to the resumption of worship in 2024 and its opening to the public. It makes me very happy,” he confided. A native of Dijon, he holds a double MA in Philosophy and Theology, was ordained a priest in 1979 and appointed Bishop of Chambéry in 2000.

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Finally, he also intends to be fully involved in the biddkrim file, which has undermined the Church with its share of controversy. “So far, the Archdiocese of Paris has been very active. He was the first to sign an agreement with the Vicariate (to strengthen the reporting of the authorities, Ed.). There were works that were carried out in a responsible and dynamic way, to ensure that young people entrusted by families to the Church, through its various actions – youth camps , catechism, priests – really entrusted with the security Ulrich.

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