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Norwich Diocese honours Swedish Bishop

BishopHansStiglund2010: A Swedish Bishop has been honoured at Norwich Cathedral as an Ecumenical Canon and signed a covenant of commitment between his diocese and the Diocese of Norwich.


Bishop Hans Stiglund (right) of the Diocese of Lulea in the Church of Sweden visited the Diocese of Norwich with 13 of his senior clergy from Saturday 13 - Wednesday 17 November.


The two dioceses have exchanged visits for a number of years, but on this occasion Bishop Hans was installed as an Ecumenical Canon of Norwich Cathedral. At the same service, on Tuesday 16 November at 5.30pm, a covenant between the two dioceses was signed, under the Porvoo Communion Agreement.


The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham James, said: "Our Swedish guests have been spending time in the Diocese learning more about the ways in which we are organised, financed and resourced.


“They visited some of the projects in Norwich where the Church is pioneering work with those who are disadvantaged, and our guests stayed with clergy across the Diocese, sharing in the life of their parishes and learning about each other's lives and ministries.


“The signing of the Covenant on Tuesday was an important sign of our commitment to nurturing an enduring and fruitful friendship.”


The Porvoo Communion is a Communion of churches, mostly in Northern Europe, that have signed an agreement to “share a common life in mission and service”. The churches that signed the agreement are The Evangelical-Lutheran Churches of Estonia, Lithuania, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Finland and the Anglican churches: Church of England and of Ireland, Church in Wales and the Scottish Episcopal Church.


The name Porvoo comes from the Porvoo Cathedral in Finland where the eucharist was celebrated on the final Sunday of the conversations leading to the Common Statement and thus finally to the Porvoo Communion.

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