Saturday, March 9, 2013

The day the Archbishop took a double glazing call - at gunpoint

From The Telegraph-

The Most Rev Justin Welby has recounted how he once found himself staring “up the barrel of a gun” at a road block in when his mobile phone rang.

After an embarrassed pause, he fished the phone out of his pocket and confidently answered, acting as if nothing was out of the ordinary.

But any hope of giving the soldiers manning a roadblock the impression it was an urgent call were scuppered when he heard a voice on he other end.

“Warwick Glass here, Mr Welby,” the voice said.

“Can we fit your new window this afternoon?”.

The incident, from the Archbishop’s time as a Canon of Coventry Cathedral, when he worked as a conflict negotiator between warring groups in west Africa and the Middle East, is contained in the first biography of the new leader of the world’s 77 million Anglicans.

It discloses how during scores of trips to the troubled Niger Delta in Nigeria, Burundi, Iraq and Palestine, his life was in danger several times.

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