[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil – the Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil – has elected its first female bishop, some 34 years after the province first paved the way for women to serve in all three orders of ministry. The Rev. Canon Marinez Santos Bassotto was elected Jan. 20 as the next bishop of the Amazon during a meeting at Belém, in the northern Brazilian state of Pará. She will succeed Bishop Saulo Mauricio de Barros, who retired in November. The province was one of the first in the Anglican Communion to official open the episcopate to women in 1983. Its first female deacons were ordained in 1984, and its first female priests in 1985.
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