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'Vicar of Baghdad' to address Clayton State

Special to the Clayton News Daily

Canon Andrew White of London, known as the "Vicar of Baghdad," will be speaking at Clayton State University on Monday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m., in room UC272 of the James M. Baker University Center. The meeting is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Clayton County, and is free and open to the public.

White, a priest in the Anglican Church, is making a series of appearances and talks next week to benefit the American Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, which supports his world, peace ministry.

While pastor at St. George's, the only Anglican church in Iraq, White was also a chaplain for the U.S. government, and held services in Saddam Hussein's palace, including the throne room. He will return to Baghdad on Oct. 22.

White became an ordained Anglican priest after studying medicine at St. Thomas' Hospital in London and becoming qualified as an Operating Department Practitioner in surgery and anesthesiology. He has also studied at the Hebrew University and an Ultra Orthodox Yeshiva in Jerusalem.

He became the youngest canon in the Church of England in 1998, the same year he received an invitation from Iraq's deputy prime minister under Hussein, Tariq Aziz, to visit Iraq. This, and subsequent visits, developed into his present ministry.