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Migrants ‘Express’-Baptized in Swimming Pool to Church of Finland’s Chagrin

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Finnish police car. Photo: Dickelbers.

Due to high demand among Muslim asylum-seekers wishing to convert to Christianity, “fast-track” baptism procedures have arisen in Finland. In the city of Oulu, a swimming pool has been repurposed for the traditional sacrament.

The Church of Finland has been highly critical of the religious innovation, which was pioneered by parishes that don’t belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church, but it is powerless to stop it. According to the Church of Finland, converts generally have little understanding of their newfound religion.

In the city of Oulu in northern Finland, baptism is administered in the Raksila swimming pool during its opening hours. The independent assembly Oulun Lähetysseurakunta attempts to carry out its baptism routines when there are few swimmers around.

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