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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. 

September 2014

Anglican XI beat Vatican in historic cricket match
20 September 2014
Archbishop of Canterbury congratulates both sides after historic match to raise awareness of Anglican-Roman…

Archbishop's message to international ecumenical conference on Orthodox spirituality
3 September 2014
Archbishop Justin Welby sent this message to Prior Enzo and the Community of the Monastery of Bose, and…

August 2014

Church of England picks cricket team to face Vatican first XI
26 August 2014
Church of England will play the Vatican XI to raise awareness of modern-day slavery.

Clarification of Times article on Chemin Neuf community at Lambeth Palace
4 August 2014
Catholic sister Ula Michlowicz does not receive Communion at the daily Anglican Eucharist at Lambeth…

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…

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