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Sweden OKs Nuptials by Scientologists

May 06, 2000|Reuters

Sweden, one of only a few countries to recognize the Church of Scientology as a "religious community," has granted its ministers the right to perform marriages, the Los Angeles-based organization said Thursday.

The Rev. Heber Jentzsch, president of the Church of Scientology International, welcomed Thursday's move by the Swedish National Judicial Board for Public Lands and Funds as a "milestone for the Church of Scientology in Europe and for religious freedom."

Scientology, founded in 1954 by the late American science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, claims more than 8 million adherents worldwide.

Last month, South Africa granted Church of Scientology ministers the right to perform marriages.

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