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In 1987, while travelling on behalf of the Archbishop of Canterbury to help in negotiating the release of western hostages captured by Hezbollah, Terry Waite was himself taken prisoner. He was held, largely in solitary confinement, for almost five years and was subject to torture and mock executions during the first year of his captivity.
Forgiveness is not proprietary to the church, it is ‘open source’ technology belonging to all humans.
I had an interesting exchange on Twitter yesterday with, amongst others, Ruth Gledhill from The Times.