Vicar of Baghdad visits Norwich Cathedral

The Vicar of Baghdad paid a visit to Norwich cathedral yesterday as part of his trip to Norfolk.

Canon Andrew White, the vicar of St George's Church, Baghdad, which is the only remaining Anglican church in Iraq, has spent the past few days in the county.

He said he has loved his time in Norwich and Norfolk and that all of the churches he has visited have been outstanding.

He said he hoped to bring some members of St George's Church to Norfolk in the future.

Yesterday afternoon he attended an afternoon seminar for clergy and lay leaders at the cathedral.

The seminar looked at Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the Middle East, the current situation in Iraq, and the Arab Spring.

In the evening he delivered the Norfolk and Norwich Council of Christians and Jews 2012 Buber Lecture at the cathedral.

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This focused on present conflicts and hopes for peace, and the lecture followed the Eucharist for the Feast of the Annunciation.

Also during his visit to Norfolk, he has visited the Mount Zion Church, and the Holy Trinity Church, in Norwich, and RAF Lakenheath.

He is the author of the book Faith Under Fire: What the Middle East Conflict Has Taught Me About God and also the book The Vicar of Baghdad.

Pictured is the Vicar of Baghdad, Andrew White, on his visit to Norwich cathedral, with Bishop David Gillette, John Drake and RAF Lakenheath wing chaplain Gary Snyder. Photo: Steve Adams

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