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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 2010

Archbishop's statement on the retirement of His Eminence Walter Cardinal Kasper
1 July 2010
The Archbishop responded to today's announcement of the retirement of His Eminence Walter Cardinal Kasper…

June 2010

Archbishop addresses Methodist Conference - "What's the life we're prepared to lay down for Christ?"
29 June 2010
The Archbishop addressed the annual Conference of the Methodist Church of Great Britain in Portsmouth…

May 2010

Archbishop of Canterbury's sermon to commemorate Carthusian Martyrs
4 May 2010
An ecumenical service was held at Charterhouse, London, to commemorate the 475th Anniversary of the Martyrdom…

March 2010

Archbishop's Easter letter - Christians need to "witness boldly and clearly"
31 March 2010
In his ecumenical Easter Letter to fellow church leaders, the Archbishop of Canterbury urges those living…

'The Fellowship of the Baptized' - The John Coventry Memorial address
20 March 2010
The John Coventry Memorial address given by Archbishop Rowan Williams at a meeting of Inter-Church Families…

Archbishop welcomes Papal Visit
16 March 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury today welcomed the official announcement that His Holiness Pope Benedict…

January 2010

Visit to New York
31 January 2010
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, was a keynote participant at Trinity Institute's 40th…

December 2009

Dr Rowan Williams: taking a break from Canterbury travails - Daily Telegraph article
12 December 2009
Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, talks to George Pitcher at the Daily Telegraph about…

November 2009

Anglican - Roman Catholic Relations: A statement from the Informal Talks
26 November 2009
Following the meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams,…

Archbishop's address at a Willebrands Symposium in Rome
19 November 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury is today giving an address in Rome, as the guest of the Pontifical Council…

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