Antonio (de Rosso) of Ravenna
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Metr. Antonio was born in 1941 in Farra di Soligo (near Treviso, Veneto). In 1968 he was ordained a priest in the Roman Catholic Church. In 1986, after his conversion to Orthodoxy he was named bishop of Aprilia and Latium under the jurisdiction of Metr. Cyprian of Oropos and Fili, a leader of Greek Old Calendarists movement. In 1991 he founded the Orthodox Church in Italy. In 1993 Bp. Antonio joined Bulgarian Orthodox Church, and in 1995 was enthroned bishop of Ravenna and Italy. After 1997 the Orthodox Church in Italy remained linked with Patriarch Pimen's Bulgarian Alternative Synod and Bp. Antonio became Metropolitan of Ravenna and Italy. In the same year Metr. Antonio became a full member of Pimen's Holy Synod, as the head of the autonomous Orthodox Church in Italy.
Metr. Antonio's apostolic succession derives from Metr. Cyprian (Old Calendarist). In 1993 he introduced the reformed Julian calendar into the Orthodox Church in Italy.