Italy hosts the largest community of Romanians outside Romania. The first Romanian parish appeared on the peninsula in 1940. Still, it was not until May 8, 2008, that Orthodox Romanians in Italy had their own bishop, in the person of His Grace Bishop Siluan .
Marking the 13th anniversary of Bishop Siluan’s enthronement, Assistant Bishop Atanasie of Bogdania made a retrospective of the diocese’s activity.
There are 292 parishes, five monasteries, two hermitages, one monastic settlement and 132 non-parish churches of Orthodox Romanians. These communities were established with much effort, many of them being housed in places of worship belonging to the «Catholic Church».
In his message, Assistant Bishop Atanasie stressed that 17,000 Romanian families were blessed with the Sacrament of Marriage and over 100,000 children were baptized during these 13 years.
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