Founder of Word of Faith movement converts

The founder and longtime pastor of the Swedish parish of the Word of Faith movement, called Livets Ord, has converted to catholicism.

Ekman announced his decision to leave the faith to convert to catholicism with his wife at his last sermon this weekend.

"Having been in contact with the Catholic church has led me to re-evaluate my faith, and me and wife will leave Livets Ord to immerse ourselves in the Catholic church instead," Ekman writes in newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

Ekman founded Livets Ord in Uppsala, north of Stockholm, in 1983 and has since been a prominent pastor in Uppsala.