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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. 


February 2017

‘Sins Before Our Eyes’ – Archbishop joins with Ecumenical Patriarch to fight modern slavery
8 February 2017
Archbishop Justin and Patriarch Bartholomew issue joint statement on modern slavery at forum in Istanbul.…

Archbishop of Canterbury's speech at Istanbul forum on modern slavery
8 February 2017
Read Archbishop Justin Welby's speech at the 'Sins Before Our Eyes' forum on modern slavery, delivered…

November 2016

Archbishop and Moderator sign Columba Declaration
28 November 2016
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of…

Archbishop Justin welcomes South Sudan Council of Churches to Lambeth Palace
25 November 2016
The Archbishop met and prayed with the ecumenical delegation of the South Sudan Council of Churches at…

New Ecumenical Adviser to the Archbishop of Canterbury announced
21 November 2016
The Revd Dr Will Adam will take up the combined role of Ecumenical Adviser to the Archbishop and Ecumenical…

October 2016

Archbishop welcomes Patriarch Kirill to Lambeth Palace
18 October 2016
The Archbishop of Canterbury welcomed the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia to Lambeth Palace today.…

Official visit of the Serbian Patriarch - day two
14 October 2016
The official visit of His Holiness Irinej, Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci, Patriarch…

Archbishop welcomes Patriarch of Serbia to Lambeth Palace
13 October 2016
Archbishop Justin Welby received His Holiness Irinej this morning during his official visit to the UK.…

September 2016

Archbishop prays for peace with Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew in Assisi - video
20 September 2016
Archbishop Justin Welby joined Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew in the ecumenical prayer and concluding…

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…

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