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First female archbishop installed in Sweden

First female archbishop installed in Sweden

The new archbishop of the Church of Sweden, Antje Jackelén, was installed at the Cathedral in Uppsala last Sunday.

The Local:

German born Jackelén,59, was elected to the post last October after claiming 55.9 percent of the vote. She succeeds Anders Wejryd who has held the post since 2006.

Twitter fan Jackelén took to the social media site in advance of the ceremony to thank supporters for their support.

“Soon it’s time. Thanks for all your prayers and warm wishes,” she wrote to her 7,000 plus followers.

The ceremony at the Uppsala cathedral was attended by members of the Swedish royal family including King Carl Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victorian and Prince Daniel….

…Since being elected to the role of Archbishop her Twitter following has more than doubled. However, she was subjected to a number of personal attacks on the site for her beliefs and even her hairstyle.

“I was not prepared for this spite and hatred,” Jackelén told Sveriges Radio P4 Kristianstad at the time.

Her appointment has been hailed by outgoing archbishop Anders Wejryd who said “it was about time” a woman took the post.

“We already have female leading bishops in Norway, USA and Germany,” he told SVT.


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Bob McCloskey

Please don’t overlook the Presiding Bishop of the Church of Iceland. I don’t know where she stands in the seniority of Lutheran archbishops/presiding bishops, but I have a great admiration for her ministry.

Jeffrey L. Shy, M.D.

I actually met Bishop Jackelen a couple of years ago at an event for the meeting of the Augustana Heritage Association (for Swedish Lutherans in the US). She was quite charming, as, for that matter, was Anders Wejryd, her predecessor. I have said repeatedly that the US Episcopal Church needs much stronger and official ties with the Church of Sweden. At this point, we are more in step with them than the Church of England.

Leonardo Ricardo

++Rowan Williams style of hair was horrible (and he is a boy)..oh well.

Geoffrey McLarney

‘ “We already have female leading bishops in Norway, USA and Germany,” he told SVT.’

Gary Paul Gilbert

The article and posting clearly say first archbishop in Sweden.

Gary Paul Gilbert

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