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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. 

January 2014

Bishop Christopher Hill receives Lambeth Degree
16 January 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury awarded Bishop Christopher with the Lambeth Doctor of Divinity in recognition…

Archbishop of Canterbury meets Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
14 January 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury affirmed his commitment to the reconciliation of Eastern and Western churches…

Archbishop 'delighted' Vincent Nichols to be Cardinal
12 January 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury has welcomed the announcement by Pope Francis that the Roman Catholic Archbishop…

Archbishop to visit His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
10 January 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will travel to Istanbul on Monday to visit His All-Holiness…

December 2013

Archbishop gives Vatican Radio Christmas message
25 December 2013
At Christmastime we remember "the extraordinary challenge" of hearing the call of God through the baby…

After 25 years, Lambeth Palace bids fond farewell to Sisters
16 December 2013
Archbishop Justin thanks the Anglican Sisters for their service at Lambeth Palace

November 2013

Archbishop to welcome ecumenical community to Lambeth Palace
18 November 2013
Archbishop Justin announces 'an ecumenical step of some significance' as members of Chemin Neuf prepare…

Archbishop in Korea: unity is found in Christ
1 November 2013
Christians ‘belong to each other inescapably’ because they are part of the body of Christ, the Archbishop…

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…

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