The new Archbishop of Paris was installed in Notre-Dame Cathedral yesterday.
Archbishop Michel Aupetit, 66, urged the faithful “to learn to recognise the divine dignity in the weakest, the poorest, the most fragile”, reported La Croix.
Around 30 bishops attended the installation Mass, including Archbishop Georges Pontier of Marseille, president of the French bishops’ conference, and apostolic nuncio Archbishop Luigi Ventura.
Archbishop Aupetit previously served as an auxiliary bishop of Paris from 2013 to 2014, when he was appointed Bishop of Nanterre.
He practised medicine from 1979 to 1990. He was ordained a priest for Paris archdiocese in 1995, aged 44.
The only practising Catholic in his family was his mother.