Following the election of Metropolitan Emmanuel of France to Elder at the Metropolis of Chalcedon, the communities of the Holy Metropolis of Chalcedon issued an announcement expressing their joy for this decision.
In particular, the announcement states:
We welcome with great pleasure the decision of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which met today, Tuesday, February 16, 2021, during which Metropolitan Emmanuel of France, a worthy associate of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, was elected Elder of Chalcedon.
The promotion of Metropolitan Emmanuel to Elder of Chalcedon is particularly important for our Metropolis and the Great Church of Jesus Christ.
Elder Metropolitan Emmanuel of Chalcedon is an important figure who adorns church circles. A hierarch with valuable education, endowed with qualifications and rare administrative skills, who served the Great Church of Christ for several years in many and demanding roles and positions. He took great action in Europe and worthily represented the Ecumenical Patriarchate, directing the representation of the Orthodox Church in the European Union and being responsible for the two-way academic dialogue with Islam and Judaism. He is a versatile and diverse personality with a special love for letters and the arts. He is Chairman of the Board of the KAICIID Interfaith Foundation in Vienna, Coordinator of the International Religions for Peace Organization, and has been President of the Council of European Churches (CEC).
In recognition of his multifaceted action, he was named Knight of the Legion of Honor in 2010 and Commander-in-Chief of the Order of Honor in Greece in 2011.
We wish our historic Metropolis to live again moments worthy of its glorious past, its long history, and its great tradition under the guidance of Elder Emmanuel of Chalcedon.