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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. 

November 2015

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,…

Vatican cricketers beat Archbishop's XI in Rome
24 October 2015
Anglican and Vatican cricketers met for the second time in Rome today in a match that saw the Vatican…

Archbishop blesses Church of England cricket side ahead of Vatican rematch
9 October 2015
Archbishop Justin Welby shared the Eucharist and talked cricket with the Archbishop's XI at Lambeth Palace…

July 2015

Archbishop Justin welcomes Pastor Adeboye to Lambeth Palace
21 July 2015
The Archbishop of Canterbury met and prayed with leader of the Redeemed Christian Church of God today.…

Church of England vs. the Vatican - the rematch
17 July 2015
The Vatican and Archbishop of Canterbury’s XIs are set to face each other again after last year's historic…

June 2015

Archbishop and Ecumenical Patriarch make joint call for action on climate change
19 June 2015
Archbishop Justin Welby and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew have written in the New York Times about…

May 2015

Listen to Lyse Doucet’s interview with Archbishop Justin Welby
28 May 2015
The BBC’s Lyse Doucet, who has won a Sandford St Martin's award for religious broadcasting, interviewed…

Power of unity ‘impossible to exaggerate’, Archbishop tells Leadership Conference
5 May 2015
Archbishop Justin Welby and Cardinal Vincent Nichols spoke and prayed at major conference for Christian…

April 2015

Archbishop visits Egypt to offer condolence for murdered Christians
20 April 2015
The Archbishop of Canterbury has visited Egypt to offer condolence following the murder of 21 Coptic…

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