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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. 


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…

November 2015

'Rebuild my house!' Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa preaches to the General Synod
25 November 2015
The Preacher to Papal Household, Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, preached to the General Synod of the Church…

Visit to the Archbishop of Canterbury by the Ecumenical Patriarch - joint communique
4 November 2015
Archbishop Justin Welby and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew conclude two days of prayer, worship and…

Archbishop and Patriarch Bartholomew hold prayer vigil for refugees
3 November 2015
Archbishop Justin Welby and Patriarch Bartholomew led an ecumenical prayer vigil at Lambeth Palace Chapel…

Archbishop welcomes Patriarch Bartholomew to Lambeth Palace
2 November 2015
Archbishop Justin Welby welcomed Patriarch Bartholomew to Lambeth Palace at the start of his two-day…

October 2015

Archbishop of Canterbury to host Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
29 October 2015
Archbishop Justin Welby and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew spend time in discussion, prayer and worship,…

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