Archbishop Gabriel of Comana, formerly bishop in charge of the Archdiocese of parishes of the Russian tradition in Western Europe and exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, died on 26 October in Maastricht (the Netherlands), at the age of 67, after a long illness. He was the leader of the Archdiocese of parishes of the Russian tradition in Western Europe, which comes under the episcopal see of Paris and has autonomous status within the Ecumenical Patriarchate, from May 2003 to January 2013. On 8 January 2013 his illness forces him to ask the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I to relieve him of his office, and this was approved by the Holy Synod with effect from 16 January.
The coffin of our dearly beloved Archbishop Gabriel will arrive at the St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral on Wednesday 30 October between 3.00 and 4.00 pm. Upon its arrival, a panikhida will immediately be celebrated.
Following the visit to the Patriarchate by a delegation of the Council, this is the procedure which we will follow at our Extraordinary General Assembly on Thursday 31 October (evening) and Friday 1 November 2013.
On 27 August a delegation from the Archdiocesan Council led by His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel of France, and consisting of the Fathers Jean Gueit, Vice President of the Archdiocesan Council, Fr Alexander Fostiropoulos, Michel Sollogoub, Sectretary of the Council and Serge Runge, visited the see of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul where it was received by the Commission for Inter-Orthodox Affairs and subsequently by His Holiness Patriarch Bartholemew.
Communiqué of the Diocesan Administration on the meeting of the Archdiocesan Council of July 31, 2013 The Archdiocesan Council met on Wednesday, 31 July, 2013 under the chairmanship of His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel. Among the issues discussed:
1. His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel reported on his recent trip to Russia and Ukraine, where he was invited to head the delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to the celebration of the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of the "Russ".