Vicar of Baghdad

Vicar of Baghdad: ‘When I invited Isil to dinner they said, “Yes, we’ll come, but we’ll chop off your head.” Rather kind of them to warn me’

For more than 10 years, Canon Andrew White presided over the only Anglican Church in Iraq, a role that led him to be known universally as the Vicar of Baghdad.

But his old parish of St George’s has become too dangerous, and today he leads a peripatetic life, spending time with his displaced congregation in Israel and Amman, Jordan.

He is, in effect, a vicar without a parish. Recently he was to be found in Britain conducting a private service for ‘Christians in Government’ at St Margaret’s church, Westminster. For the past 17 years White, 52, has suffered from multiple sclerosis, so he would normally sit to conduct a service.

  • canminuteman

    Isn’t coexistence and interfaith outreach a beautiful thing?