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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. 

May 2014

Archbishop praises 'inspirational' Great Lakes peace initiative
19 May 2014
Archbishop Justin and Cardinal Vincent met last week with delegates from a church-led campaign striving…

Archbishop Justin welcomes Archbishop of Cyprus to Lambeth Palace
14 May 2014
“There is a need for peacemakers today,” Archbishop Justin told the head of the Greek Orthodox Church…

April 2014

Archbishop Justin's Ecumenical Easter letter
19 April 2014
"I pray that our Christian hope and the joy of the resurrection of Jesus Christ will heal relationships…

Archbishop Justin and Cardinal Vincent visit church-run crisis centre in Kent
14 April 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Catholic Archbishop of Westminister yesterday visited a crisis drop-in…

Anglican and Catholic bishops team up for Listen To God: Hear the Poor
10 April 2014
Anglican and Catholic bishops are making joint visits to church-run projects serving those in need this…

Listen To God: Hear the Poor | Fr Dominic McKenna on reaching out to those in need
10 April 2014
It's day five of Archbishop Justin Welby and Cardinal Vincent Nichols's week of prayer for Christian…

Archbishop Justin and Cardinal Nichols introduce Listen To God: Hear the Poor
4 April 2014
Introducing their week of prayer 'Listen To God: Hear the Poor', the Archbishops are encouraging people…

Archbishop congratulates new Supreme Head of Universal Syriac Orthodox Church
2 April 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury has written to congratulate His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II on his election…

March 2014

Archbishop welcomes Lutheran leaders to Lambeth Palace
28 March 2014
Looking forward to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, a beech tree was planted in Lambeth…

Archbishop Justin and Cardinal Nichols to jointly visit Church social action projects
28 March 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of Westminster will jointly visit two projects as part…

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