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    The first women priests to be accepted by the Anglican Church have been ordained in Hong Kong.

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    The first women priests to be accepted by the Anglican Church have been ordained in Hong Kong.

    The ceremony took place at St. John's Cathedral in Hongkong on Sunday (Nov. 28th).

    The two women are Miss Hwang Hsien-yeun and Miss Joyce Bennett -- both headmistresses in their fifties.

    SYNOPSIS: At St. John's Cathedral in Hong Kong, the first women to join the Anglican priesthood were ordained on Sunday (28 November). The ordination was an historic event for the church and attracted a large congregation.

    The ceremony was preceded by a ceremonial procession into the cathedral. The two women to be ordained were Miss Jane Hwang Hsien-you and Miss Joyce Bennett. Both are headmistresses in their fifties. During the service, Bishop James Pong of Taiwan recalled that a woman deacon had been ordained a priest in war-torn South China during 1944 -- but that was because there were no clerics int he area. Later the church had ruled against women priests, and the woman had reverted to her position as a deacon.

    The procession out of the cathedral was led by Bishop Baker of Hongkong who says he believes the church is compelled by the Holy Spirit to make better provisions for the needs of men and women alike -- through a ministry more representative of humanity as a whole. well-wishers greeted the newly ordained since the World Anglican Consultative Council approved a resolution in favour of women priests last February.

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