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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 2004

Ecumenical Service at St George's Anglican Cathedral, Jerusalem
27 January 2004
A sermon given by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, at an ecumenical service at St George's…

New Co-Chairman for Porvoo Group
26 January 2004
On behalf of the Anglican Primates of the British Isles, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams,…

November 2003

Archbishop of Canterbury's Greeting to His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch
17 November 2003
Given during the first formal visit of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, to the Phanar…

March 2003

Archbishop of Canterbury to sign Churches Together in England Presidents' Covenant
12 March 2003
In one of his first major ecumenical acts after being enthroned, Dr Williams added his name to a Covenant…

February 2003

Joint statement on Iraq from the Archbishop and Cardinal
20 February 2003
In the run up to the second Gulf war, Dr Williams and Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor made a joint statement…

December 2002

New Director of Anglican Centre
9 December 2002
The formal announcement of the appointment of Bishop John Flack to serve in Rome.

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