A female deacon has been ordained in the Armenian Apostolic archdiocese of Teheran, Iran, Agenzia Fides reports. The 24-year-old woman is a lay person not belong to a monastery or religious order. She works as an anesthetist.
“What I have done is in accordance with the tradition of the Church,” said ordaining Archbishop Sarkissian. The Archbishop said also that his decision was intended to “revitalize the participation of women in our liturgical life.”