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Monday, October 24, 2016
'Vicar of Baghdad' awarded Guardian Angel for peace work
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¬†Last night, The Woolf Institute of Abrahamic Faiths presented Anglican priest, Canon Andrew White, known as the 'Vicar of Baghdad', with the organisation's 2007 Pursuer of Peace Award. A far cry from the usual medals and certificates awarded on these occasions, Director of the Woolf Institute Dr Kessler presented Canon White with a marble angel which was a gift to him from his own father. Dr Kessler told Canon White that he prays the angel of peace will watch over his wife and children while he ministers to the people of Iraq and pursues peace in their interest. The award was made for what Dr Kessler describes as Andrew's tireless work in bringing hope to broken people in a torn region. Currently based in Iraq as Vicar of St George's Church (the only Anglican church in Iraq) and International Director of the Iraqi Institute of Peace (IIP), Canon White works with both the political and the Sunna and Shia religious leadership and leading negotiations for the release of hostages. He is perhaps best known for his role in successfully negotiating an end to the siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in 2002. The presentation of the award took place at the charity's fundraising dinner held at Middle Temple and hosted by The Rt Hon Lord Woolf, in whose honour the institute is named. Among the 200 guests present at this event were Yusef Al-Khoei, Baroness Amos, Baroness Ashton, Sir John Major, Dr Tony Klug, Lord Hameed, Lord and Lady Mackay, Sir Sigmund Sternberg and Rev Yazeed Said. Dr Kessler announced that the dinner had helped raise £100,000 towards the work of the Cambridge-based Woolf Institute. He said: "We are delighted to have had this opportunity to honour Andrew and thrilled that our supporters have shown their continuing faith in our efforts to promote inter-religious understanding and tolerance through teaching, research /academic study and dialogue." For more information visit:
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