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First woman ordained as priest

Switzerland’s Christian Catholic church has ordained its first woman priest. Hundreds of people attended the ordination of Denise Wyss (pictured) at a service in the Franziskaner church in Solothurn on Saturday.

This content was published on February 19, 2000 - 09:39

Switzerland’s Christian Catholic church has ordained its first woman priest. Hundreds of people attended the ordination of Denise Wyss at a service in the Franziskaner church in Solothurn on Saturday.

The Christian Catholic church in Switzerland is the fourth church in the Utrecht Union to ordain a women as a priest. It has followed the example of the Old Catholic churches in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.

Denise Wyss studied in Lucerne and Zürich before entering the church. The 35-year-old completed her studies at the Christian Catholic faculty in Berne. Until now she has headed the vicarage in the parish of Baden-Brugg in canton Aargau and will now return there as a fully ordained priest able to give the holy sacrament.

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