Today I came back to my beloved Baghdad. I had to leave my treatment early in the Netherlands because there was a terrible explosion the day before yesterday killing over 60 people including several people very close to me. Then to make things worse this morning I had the terrible news that a dear dear friend had died of Cystic Fibrosis in Jerusalem. For many years we had supported him and now, in his early 20′s, he has gone to heaven. So I am back to funerals.
Then comes the glory. Tomorrow it will be announced that my close friend and colleague Bishop Justin Welby will be appointed the next Archbishop of Canterbury. We worked together at Coventry Cathedral when he joined me to be my co-director of the International Centre of Reconciliation. When I came to Baghdad he took over from me. I will never forget the day when we re-opened St George’s Church in Baghdad together.
What a day – such pain and such glory!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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