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Ecumenical Relationships

Archbishop and Pope Benedict XVIThe Archbishop of Canterbury plays a lead role in nurturing Anglican relationships with other churches worldwide and at home. This involves regular meetings 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 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. 

Recent items relating to Ecumenical Relationships are shown below:

January 2007

Archbishop pays tribute to Abbé Pierre
26 January 2007
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, paid tribute to the French priest and social campaigner…

December 2006

Christmas Message to the Heads of Churches
25 December 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury sent the following Christmas Day message to Heads of Churches across the…

Bethlehem's Troubles Remembered
22 December 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has reassured the people of Bethlehem that neither they,…

Pilgrims Urge Prayer for the 'Little Town of Bethlehem'
13 December 2006
Church leaders in England are today asking parish churches and congregations throughout the country to…

Church Leaders to Make Pilgrimage to Bethlehem
6 December 2006
Christian leaders have called today for prayers throughout Advent for Christians in the Holy Land as…

November 2006

Rome Lecture: 'Secularism, Faith and Freedom'
23 November 2006
This major address, on the past and future place of religion in western society and the deficiencies…

Archbishop and Pope: 'Our Churches Share Witness and Service'
23 November 2006
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and the Archbishop of Canterbury today shared worship together at the…

Rome - Archbishop's Greeting to Pope Benedict
23 November 2006
The following is the text of the greeting given to Pope Benedict by the Archbishop of Canterbury when…

Archbishop's Rome Visit Itinerary - 21st-26th November 2006
8 November 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury and Pope Benedict XVI will have their first meeting later this month since…

August 2006

Germany - Sermon at Thanksgiving Service for Bonn Agreement
9 August 2006
The Union of Utrecht was formed in 1889 by the coming together of groupings of Old Catholic Churches…

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