Olivier de Germay, appointed by the Pope to succeed Cardinal Barbarin, at the Archbishopric of Lyon

The new archbishop is a 60-year-old former para.

The name of Cardinal Barbarin’s successor to the archdiocese of Lyon is now known, franceinfo learned Thursday, October 22. Pope Francis has just appointed Olivier de Germay, 60, who had been Bishop of Ajaccio since 2012. He is a former parachute officer who served in Chad, the Central African Republic and Iraq.

Philippe Barbarin was sentenced in 2019 for his silences on the actions of a former priest of his diocese between 1971 and 1991, Bernard Preynat, himself convicted of sexual assault on minors. The archbishop was then released on appeal, last January. The Pope had refused his resignation for the first time, before accepting it last March.

Cardinal Barbarin lives today at the other end of France. After 18 years at the head of the diocese, he is now chaplain of the motherhouse of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Saint-Pern, in Ille-et-Vilaine.

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