The Orthodox Church in Italy (Italian: Chiesa Ortodossa in Italia) is an Old Catholic denomination mainly present in Italy. The jurisdiction is registered with the Italian authorities both as Orthodox Church in Italy and Old Catholic Church in Italy.[1]


The church was founded in 1983 as a traditional Old Catholic church by Italian Orthodox bishop Antonio De Rosso, a former Roman Catholic priest.[2]

After De Rosso died in 2009, the church became an association in memory of him, Associazione "Metropolita Antonio".[2]

Old Catholic Church in Italy (Nordic Catholic Church vicariate)

Since 2013,[3] the church adopted the alternative name Old Catholic Church in Italy (NCC-COI) and is a vicariate of the Nordic Catholic Church (NCC) since 2015.[4][5] The NCC is a member church of the Union of Scranton.[6]

See also


  1. ^ Una Chiesa Ortodossa dalle radici italiane.
  2. ^ a b Zoccatelli, PierLuigi; Introvigne, Massimo (2016-05-02). "La Chiesa Ortodossa in Italia". (in Italian). Turin, IT: Center for Studies on New Religions. Archived from the original on 2016-05-02. Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  3. ^ "Comunicato stampa" (Press release) (in Italian). Chiesa Ortodossa in Italia, Associazione "Metropolita Antonio". 2013-11-20. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22 – via
  4. ^ "Un giorno importante per la Chiesa" [An important day for the church]. (in Italian). Rome, IT: Chiesa Vecchio-Cattolica in Italia. 2015-02-28. Archived from the original on 2016-03-10. Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  5. ^ "Clergy directory". Nordic Catholic Church. November 2012. Archived from the original on 2016-03-24.
  6. ^ "The Union of Scranton: a union of churches in communion with the Polish National Catholic Church". Scranton, PA: Union of Scranton. Archived from the original on 2016-03-21. Retrieved 2016-05-01.