The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, chaired by the Ecumenical Patriarch, met for the three days, from the 12th to the 14th of January 2021, at the Holy Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi in Valoukli, where they ratified the minutes of previous sessions and addressed the issues on the agenda.
Metropolitan Polykarpos (Stavropoulos), currently Metropolitan of Spain and Portugal, was elected the new Metropolitan of Italy by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Throne.
The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Throne selected Metropolitan Polykarpos from Nafpaktos as the successor of late Metropolitan Gennadios of Italy, who fell asleep in the Lord on October 16 last year.
Metropolitan Polykarpos has a long experience after serving the Italian Orthodox Church from 1990 until 2007, when he was elected Metropolitan of Spain and Portugal.
From 1992 to 2007 Metropolitan Polykarpos also served as Protosyncellus of the Metropolis of Italy.
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