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The Orthodox Church in Italy (Chiesa Ortodossa in Italia in Italian) is an effort to establish a national Orthodox church in Italy, bringing all the Orthodox parishes and missions under an Italian Metropolitan, but only some independent groups have adhered to it. It was founded in 1991 by Italian Orthodox bishop Antonio De Rosso, a former Roman Catholic priest, who became bishop of Aprilia and Lazio under the jurisdiction of Metropolitan Cyprian of Oropos and Fili, a leader of Greek Old Calendarists movement. In 1993 the church joined Bulgarian Orthodox Church and in 1995 bishop Antonio was enthroned bishop of Ravenna and Italy. After 1997 the Orthodox Church in Italy remained linked with Patriarch Pimen's Bulgarian Alternative Synod and bishop Antonio became Metropolitan of Ravenna and Italy. During that year, the Orthodox Church in Italy was recognized as an autonomous church and Metropolitan Antonio became a full member of Pimen's Saint Synod. The Bishop Antonio has sought fellowship with Greek Old Calendarists and the Bulgarian Alternative Synod. Nowadays, the Orthodox Church in Italy is in full communion with the Bulgarian Alternative Synod, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Kiev Patriarchy and some small churches. After Metropolitan Antonio's death, on 16 march 2009 his vicar Basilio Grillo Miceli became the new Archbishop of Ravenna and L'Aquila and Metropolitan of Italy.

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