Cardinal Philippe Barbarin's farewell Mass will be celebrated at Saint-Jean Cathedral in Lyon on Sunday. The former bishop of Evry-Corbeille-Essonnes, Michel Dubost, will lead the archdiocese temporarily.
Cardinal Philippe Barbarin (69) is bidden farewell during a Mass at Lyon Cathedral on Sunday. This was announced by the diocese of Lyon at the request of the Catholic News Agency (KNA) on Wednesday. Barbarin had resigned from his post as archbishop in March. In January, a French appeals court acquitted him of charges of not reporting sexual abuse. Nevertheless, he left his post to give the Archdiocese of Lyon the opportunity to begin a new chapter, as the cardinal explained at the time.
Leadership of the archdiocese transitionally with Bishop Michel Dubost
Pope Francis gave transitional leadership of the archdiocese to former Evry-Corbeille-Essonnes Bishop Michel Dubost (78). Barbarin herself was received by Pope Francis during a private audience at the Vatican in late May. There was no information on the content of the meeting.
Barbarin is one of six French cardinals and, as archbishop of Lyon, also held the honorary title of Primate of Gaul.