A memoir from Andrew White, the 'Vicar of Baghdad', whose personal and professional life has been filled with tumult.
Canon Andrew White is something of a legend: a man of great charm and energy, whose personal suffering has not deflected him from his role as one of the world's most trusted mediators and reconcilers. As a child and young man growing up in London Andrew was frequently ill. He set his heart on working in the field of anaesthetics, an ambition he achieved, but found himself called into Anglican ministry. He has since had a considerable role in the work of reconciliation, both between Christian and Jew and between Shi'ite and Sunni Muslim. As Vicar of St George's Baghdad, the only Anglican church in Iraq, he lead a team providing food, health care, and education on a major scale and often in dire circumstances. Despite the pain from multiple sclerosis, he is frequently involved in hostage negotiations, and played a key role in ending the siege at the Church of the Nativity in Jerusalem. His personal friendships have included Yasser Arafat and Pope John Paul II. He has been kidnapped, and lives in constant danger. He is trusted by those who trust very few.
"Abouna Andrew is for us in Iraq not just a spiritual leader for
the Christians: he is the spiritual leader of all of us - Iraqis,
Sunni, Shia, and others. He has stood with us and been our
supporter and defender for nearly two decades. When people were too
afraid even to come to Iraq he stayed with us. He is like the
Almighty: he will never leave us. However hard the circumstances he
is with us." -- Grand Ayatollah Hussein Al-Sadr, The Grand
Ayatollah of Khadameer, Baghdad
"Canon Andrew White has devoted his life to the true mission of religion - to assist, comfort and save lives of human beings in the most difficult places of conflict. He is a messenger of divine peace in the world, and a great friend of the Jewish people." -- Rabbi Melchior, Chief Rabbi of Norway, and former Member of the Knesset