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Award-winning clergyman to visit

PUBLISHED: 18:01 26 May 2010 | UPDATED: 10:27 12 August 2010

POPULAR: Canon Andrew White with children in Baghdad.

POPULAR: Canon Andrew White with children in Baghdad.

A CLERGYMAN from the only Anglican church in Iraq is to visit the borough.

A CLERGYMAN from the only Anglican church in Iraq is to visit the borough.

Canon Andrew White, dubbed the 'Vicar of Baghdad', is due to come to Jubilee Church, in Southlands Road, Bromley, on June 10 to give a talk about his experiences as a vicar on the frontline.

The canon, who wears a bullet-proof vest along with his dog-collar when giving sermons in Iraq, has survived attacks on his church and seen members of his congregation murdered and forced into exile.

Andrew White, who is originally from Havelock Road, Belvedere, has strong links to the Bexley and Bromley area.

Speaking to the Times about his work in 2007, the vicar said: "You just cannot compare life here to anywhere else because it is so dangerous and so difficult.

"All the time we are faced with danger."

Canon Andrew White, who suffers from the debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis, is also the special envoy to the Middle East for the Archbishop of Canterbury, and has won a number of awards for his peacemaking efforts, particularly in Iraq, Israel and Palestine.

His church, the St George's church, has 3,700 worshipers and is found on one of the most dangerous roads in Baghdad.

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