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First Female Bishop of Iceland Ordained

Reverend Agnes M. Sigurðardóttir became Iceland’s first female bishop after being ordained at Hallgrímskirkja church yesterday.


Hallgrímskirkja church. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

Outgoing bishop Karl Sigurbjörnsson, as well as former bishops of the National Church and eleven bishops from abroad attended the ceremony, Frettablaðið reports.

In his speech, Karl said that it was a historic day for Iceland. He said that Agnes had been described by many as a woman with a big and warm heart. The outgoing bishop also spoke of the importance of having a clear vision, as well as highlighting the challenges of the immense scrutiny under which she will find herself as bishop, reports.

Agnes said the church would continue to expand its reach in society.

Agnes was elected to the position in April with 64.3 percent in the second round of voting and replaces Karl who had served as bishop since 1998.

The National Church of Iceland, a Lutheran body, is the largest religious group in Iceland with membership of just over 80 percent of the total population.

Click here to read more about the election of Iceland’s first female bishop.


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