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A 1st since 1968: a non-Parisian to lead Paris Archdiocese

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Brigitte Naye - diocèse de Lille

Mgr Laurent Ulrich.

I.Media for Aleteia - published on 04/27/22

Archbishop Laurent Ulrich is an experienced and respected administrator.

Archbishop Laurent Ulrich, 70, who has been archbishop of Lille since 2008, has been appointed by Pope Francis to lead the diocese of Paris. After the shock caused by the resignation of Archbishop Michel Aupetit, accepted by the Pope on December 2, Rome has chosen an experienced bishop from outside Paris. The interim appointment of Bishop Georges Pontier as Apostolic Administrator will end with the installation Mass of Bishop Ulrich on May 23.

With 22 years as a bishop and known for his administrative skills, Pope Francis has chosen to call upon an experienced voice to lead France’s most visible diocese.

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