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Archbishop Justin's Primates Visits

Archbishop Justin in Cairo with the Bishop of Egypt and the Horn of Africa, Bishop Mouneer Anis, during a visit to Anglican primates in the Middle East, 23 June 2013.

On taking office in March 2013, Archbishop Justin committed to visiting every Province of the Anglican Communion within 18 months.

His desire was to express solidarity, build personal and professional bonds with fellow Primates, understand Anglican churches in their local contexts, and lay foundations for good collaboration over the coming years. 

In 2013, Archbishop Justin visited Anglican provinces in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda; the Middle East; Central America; and the Far East. 

The following year he travelled to South Sudan and the Great Lakes, North America, South Asia, the South Pacific, South America, West Africa, Ireland and Scotland. Archbishop Justin's wife, Caroline, travelled with him throughout the visits.

The Anglican Communion is a family of 38 self-governing churches which spans 165 countries, six continents and some 85 million people. Primates are the chief archbishops or bishops of a province.

On completing his "pilgrimage around the Communion", the Archbishop told the Church of England's General Synod that the Anglican Communion is "flourishing". Read his address here.

Read more about Archbishop Justin's primate visits: 

February 2014

Special report: Archbishop visits South Sudan amid continuing crisis
3 February 2014
Visiting South Sudan last week, the Archbishop of Canterbury urged support for ‘the long and hard work’…

Archbishop Justin in DR Congo: 'We pray for lasting peace'
3 February 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo today for a two-day visit to…

Archbishop Justin in Rwanda: ‘We must encourage vital work of reconciliation’
1 February 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby arrived in Rwanda this evening saying the country had come…

Archbishop Justin in Burundi: Anglican Church of Burundi offers 'inspiring vision'
1 February 2014
The Anglican Church of Burundi offers 'an inspiring vision' of rebuilding the country and its communities,…

January 2014

Archbishop Justin visits South Sudan, joins call for reconciliation
30 January 2014
Archbishop says South Sudanese Church 'sets an example' in calling together for unity, peace and reconciliation…

November 2013

Archbishop visits Korea with message of church unity
4 November 2013
The 'living presence of Jesus' sets the direction of the church, said Archbishop Justin

Archbishop in Korea: unity is found in Christ
1 November 2013
Christians ‘belong to each other inescapably’ because they are part of the body of Christ, the Archbishop…

Watch: Archbishop addresses WCC General Assembly
1 November 2013
The Archbishop said 'we cannot be satisfied with a lack of visible unity' when he addressed the World…

October 2013

Archbishop visits Anglican Church in Japan
31 October 2013
Archbishop Justin praised the 'Christ-like leadership' of the Primate of Japan during a visit to Tokyo…

Archbishop in Hong Kong: We must be a repentant church
29 October 2013
In this sermon preached at St John's Cathedral in Hong Kong, the Archbishop of Canterbury said that as…

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