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First female bishop elected to lead German Protestants

October 28, 2009

By Anli Serfontein

Ulm, Germany, 28 October (ENI) The Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) has elected Bishop Margot Kässmann to be its new leader, the first time that a woman has become the highest representative of  24 million German Protestants.
The decision was made on 28 October by the EKD's highest governing body, its synod, meeting in Ulm, southern Germany.

Fifty-one-year-old Kässmann, who is divorced, is the youngest ever chairperson of the EKD council, and is the successor of Bishop Wolfgang Huber, who is retiring at the age of 67.

The EKD is the umbrella organisation for 22 regional Lutheran, United and Reformed hurches. It accounts for most of the country's Protestant Christians.

Kässmann has been bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover since 1999.

The general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation, the Rev. Ishmael Noko, praised Kässmann's election.



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