Baghdad vicar Andrew’s pen proved mightier than the sword

Canon Andrew White visiting Market Rasen
Canon Andrew White visiting Market Rasen

IMAGINE having 25 armed guards and an armoured car just to get to a church where you know you may be killed at any moment.

That’s what Canon Andrew White, the Vicar of Baghdad, goes through every time he enters St George’s Church, but he took time out of his busy schedule to greet more than 100 people in Market Rasen last week.

In deep snow, Canon White captivated the audience at the Festival Hall talking about his experiences of fighting for peace in the Middle East as the vicar of the most dangerous parish in the world.

St George’s, Baghdad, has a congregation of more than 4,000 Iraqi people, but last month alone 50 of these members were killed by bomb blasts.

Canon White expressed his sadness at the loss of life, but also of his joy at the peace which his congregation find in the church compound.

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