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Nine 'women clerics' defy Vatican
The ceremony took place on a boat on the St Lawrence River
Nine Roman Catholic women have been unofficially ordained as priests and deacons in North America, risking excommunication by the Vatican.
The ceremony took place aboard a tour boat near Canada's capital, Ottawa.
The women - seven Americans, a Canadian and a German - were ordained by three female bishops, who were also unofficially anointed in 2003.
Seven women who were ordained in 2002 despite the Vatican's ban on female priests were later excommunicated.