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Two Bishops to Face Each Other in Runoff

Published torsdag 16 mars 2006 kl 12.01

Two bishops will face each other in a runoff to decide the next head of the Lutheran Church of Sweden after none of five candidates received a majority in Wednesday’s election.

Bishop Anders Wejryd and Bishop Ragnar Persenius were the top two finishers and move on to the second round on March 30. The winner will replace Karl Gustav Hammar who is stepping down from the post after nine years.

The Lutheran Church of Sweden lost its status as a state church in 2000, but is still by far the biggest religious institution in the Scandinavian country. Archbishop Hammar has drawn the ire of conservative factions within the church because of his liberal views on homosexuality and his statements that God does not interfere in people’s everyday lives.

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