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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:

July 2006

Speech to General Synod on Women Bishops
8 July 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury made a contribution to a debate on women in the Episcopate, discussing the…

June 2006

Cardinal's Address on Women Bishops 'A Clear and Helpful Contribution' - Archbishop
6 June 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has today welcomed an address given by the Roman Catholic…

April 2006

Sudan Shows Easter Message Not Getting Through
18 April 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams has said today that the ongoing suffering in Darfur and…

March 2006

Archbishop of Canterbury to visit Rome
23 March 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, is to visit His Holiness Pope Benedict XVIth in Rome…

February 2006

World Council of Churches Assembly - Globalisation, Economics and Environment
18 February 2006
At the World Council of Churches Assembly in Porto Alegre, Brazil, the Archbishop made the following…

Press Conference, World Council of Churches Assembly, Brazil
18 February 2006
The Archbishop gave a press conference whilst at the WCC Assembly at Porto Alegre, Brazil.

What We Mean By Christian Identity - World Council of Churches Address
17 February 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury addressed the 9th meeting of the World Council of Churches in Porto Alegre,…

We Are 'Dependent on Christ': Message to World Council of Churches
13 February 2006
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has sent a greeting to the opening of the 9th World…

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Centenary Service - Sermon at St Matthaus Church, Berlin
5 February 2006
The English translation of a German sermon delivered by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams,…

Dietrich Bonhoeffer - Radio 4 Interview
5 February 2006
The Archbishop was interviewed about the life and achievements of Dietrich Bonhoeffer on BBC Radio 4's…

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