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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 2013

Loving each other in diversity: Archbishop speaks to Vatican Radio
1 November 2013
The Archbishop spoke to Vatican Radio about his belief that, despite our increasingly diverse world,…

September 2013

Greetings for the Coptic New Year
11 September 2013
Archbishop Justin has sent a message of prayer and blessings to the Coptic Orthodox Church on its New…

August 2013

You are not alone – and you can change the world, Archbishop tells young Christians
2 August 2013
Being a Christian is "the exact opposite" of being James Bond, the Archbishop told young pilgrims at…

July 2013

Archbishop calls for "a footwashing Church"
10 July 2013
In his address to the Methodist Conference, Archbishop Justin called on churches to "stand alongside"…

June 2013

'A new bond' between Archbishop Justin and Christians in the Holy Land
29 June 2013
Palestinian church leaders prayed for Archbishop Justin yesterday when he visited the Church of the Holy…

Archbishop hails "richly deserved" OBE for Canon David Richardson
17 June 2013
The Archbishop of Canterbury has welcomed the award of OBE to his former Representative to the Holy See,…

Archbishop Justin meets Pope Francis in Rome
14 June 2013
The Archbishop and the Pope affirmed the bonds of "friendship" and "love" between Roman Catholics and…

May 2013

Archbishop Justin on ecumenism: "the oxygen of mission and evangelism"
24 May 2013
Bonds between different church traditions are "the oxygen of mission and evangelism," Archbishop Justin…

March 2013

Anglican Communion delegation for inauguration of Pope Francis announced
16 March 2013
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Archbishop Justin Welby, is to be represented by the Archbishop of York,…

February 2013

A message from the Archbishop of Canterbury on Pope Benedict's resignation
11 February 2013
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has released the following message on the resignation of…

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