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Ecumenical Relationships

The Archbishop of Canterbury plays a lead role in nurturing Anglican relationships with other churches worldwide and at home.

This involves meeting with leaders of other churches, experiencing first hand the life and ministry of other churches and advancing ecumenical dialogue, theological reflection and co-operation in mission.

The Archbishop is supported in his ecumenical role by staff at Lambeth Palace, the Anglican Communion Office and the Church of England's Council for Christian Unity, together with Church of England bishops who specialise in particular ecumenical relationships.

He also has personal representatives ("apocrisiarioi") to Byzantine Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches, as well as to the Vatican. 


June 2016

Archbishop preaches at Anglican Centre in Rome 50th anniversary service
15 June 2016
Archbishop Justin Welby preached this homily at Westminster Abbey last night during an evensong celebrating…

May 2016

Archbishop Justin Welby and Cardinal Vincent Nichols hold Facebook Live chat
27 May 2016
The Anglican and Roman Catholic leaders took questions from the public on unity, sharing the Gospel and…

Thomas Becket ‘a sign of eternal hope’ says Archbishop Justin
27 May 2016
Archbishop Justin Welby spoke at a symposium on Thomas Becket held at Lambeth Palace.

Archbishop Justin Welby and Cardinal Vincent Nichols to hold Facebook live chat
26 May 2016
The Archbishop and the Cardinal will discuss prayer, unity and evangelism live on Facebook tomorrow.…

Archbishop addresses Church of Scotland General Assembly
25 May 2016
Archbishop says it's a 'huge privilege' to speak in debate on historic ecumenical agreement

April 2016

Archbishop's XI to play Roman Catholic and Muslim teams
14 April 2016
Anglican XI to face Vatican XI for third time in September. Teams will then take part in tournament with…

March 2016

Archbishop of Canterbury’s Ecumenical Easter Letter
27 March 2016
Text of Archbishop Justin Welby's Easter letter to partners and heads of other churches around the world.

Archbishop sends greetings to His Eminence Silouan upon enthronement
2 March 2016
The Archbishop of Canterbury sent greetings to His Eminence Silouan, Metropolitan of Antiochian Orthodox…

December 2015

Archbishop Justin's ecumenical Christmas greeting
23 December 2015
The Archbishop of Canterbury has sent a Christmas message to ecumenical partners and heads of churches…

Archbishop expresses sadness at death of Abune Dioskoros
23 December 2015
The Archbishop of Canterbury today expressed his sadness over the death of the Abune Dioskoros of the…

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