Michael James Nazir-Ali(1949-), Bishop of Rochester
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Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Nazir-Ali has both a Muslim and Christian family background. He is the son of James, a convert from Shia Islam, and Patience Nazir-Ali. He attended the Roman Catholic-run St Paul's School and St Patrick's College in Karachi and attended Roman Catholic services there. He began identifying as a Christian at the age of 15. He was formally received into the Anglican Church of Pakistan aged 20. He was the 106th Bishop of Rochester in the Church of England from 1994 to 2009. He is director of the Oxford Centre for Training, Research, Advocacy and Dialogue, and has been Visiting Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, in the United States, since 2010. He is a dual national of Pakistan and Britain.