South Africa: Anglican Church Elects 2nd Woman Bishop

 

Photo: John Oliver/Diocese of Cape Town

Bishop-elect Margaret Vertue

Cape Town — A South African woman has been elected as the second female Anglican bishop in Africa.

Canon Margaret Vertue, the senior priest in a diocese which includes most of the poorer suburbs of greater Cape Town, was elected bishop of the Diocese of False Bay at an elective assembly on Wednesday.

In July, a woman was elected to be Africa’s first woman bishop in the deeply traditional society of Swaziland.

Canon Vertue was one of the two first woman priests to be ordained in Cape Town by Archbishop Desmond Tutu 20 years ago.

She and the  Revd Ellinah Ntombi Wamukoya, bishop-elect of Swaziland, are scheduled to be consecrated as bishops together by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, head of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, in the coming months.

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