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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. 

July 2014

Archbishop writes to ecumenical partners about women bishops
17 July 2014
Archbishop Justin has written to ecumenical partners about the General Synod's decision to allow women…

Archbishop expresses deep sorrow at passing of Primate of Orthodox Church in Ukraine
9 July 2014
Archbishop Justin wrote to His Eminence, Metropolitan Onufry of Chernivtsi and Bukovina to express deep…

Archbishop writes to EDK Council Chairman offering prayers as he lays down office
9 July 2014
Archbishop Justin wrote to the Chairman of the Council of the Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland (EKD),…

June 2014

Anglicans to play Roman Catholics in charity cricket match
23 June 2014
Anglican and Roman Catholic First XIs will face each other in Canterbury on 19 September in a historic…

Archbishop addresses National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast
17 June 2014
Speaking in Westminster today the Archbishop said the global 21st century church must - as Pope Francis…

Archbishop meets Vatican cricket team
16 June 2014
Archbishop meets with Vatican cricket team ahead of Anglican-Roman Catholic match to raise awareness…

Archbishop meets Pope Francis in Rome
16 June 2014
Archbishop Justin Welby and Pope Francis meet in Rome and recommit to the struggle against modern slavery…

Archbishop's message to the Receptive Ecumenism conference in Connecticut, USA
9 June 2014
Archbishop Justin has sent a message to the Third International Receptive Conference at Fairfield University,…

May 2014

Archbishop Justin to visit Rome
28 May 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will meet Pope Francis in Rome next month.

Archbishops join Methodist leaders in call for further unity
22 May 2014
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have joined Methodist leaders in calling for 'significant steps'…

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