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Antonio (de Rosso) of Ravenna

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Metropolitan '''Antonio (de Rosso)''' ([[February 8]], 1941 – [[February 20]], 2009) was the head of the formerly-former [[Old Calendarist]] [[Chiesa Ortodossa in Italia]] ("Orthodox Church in Italy") and the [[Metropolitan]] of [[Ravenna (Italy)|Ravenna]] and Italy.
==Life==
Metr. Antonio was born in on [[February 8]], 1941 in Farra di Soligo (near Treviso, Veneto). In 1968 he was [[ordination|ordained]] a [[priest]] in the [[Roman Catholic Church]]. In 1986, after his conversion to [[Orthodox Church|Orthodoxy]] he was named [[bishop]] of Aprilia and Latium under the [[jurisdiction]] of Metr. [[Cyprian of Fili|Cyprian]] of Oropos and Fili, a leader of the [[Greek Old Calendarists]] movement. In 1991 he founded the Orthodox Church in Italy. In 1993 Bp. Antonio joined the [[Bulgarian Orthodox Church]], and in 1995 It was enthroned bishop of Ravenna and Italyfrom Metr. After 1997 the [[Chiesa Ortodossa in Italia]] remained linked with [[Patriarch]] Pimen's Bulgarian Alternative Synod and Bp. Antonio became Metropolitan of Ravenna and Italy. In the same year Cyprian that Metr. Antonio became a full member of Pimen's derived his [[Holy Synodapostolic succession]], as the head of the autonomous Orthodox Church in Italy.
In 1991, he founded the Orthodox Church in Italy. In 1993, Metr. Antonio joined the [[Bulgarian Orthodox Church]] and, in 1995, was enthroned bishop of Ravenna and Italy. After 1997 the [[Chiesa Ortodossa in Italia]] remained linked with [[Patriarch]] Pimen's Bulgarian Alternative Synod and under whom Bp. Antonio became Metropolitan of Ravenna and Italy. In the same year Metr. Antoniobecame a full member of Pimen's [[apostolic successionHoly Synod]] derives from Metr. Cyprian (Old Calendarist), as the head of the autonomous Orthodox Church in Italy.  In 1993 he introduced the [[Revised Julian Calendar|reformed Julian calendar]] into the Orthodox Church in Italy, thus ending any association with the [[Old Calendarist]] movement.
He died on [[February 20]], 2009, after a long illness.
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