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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:

November 2009

The Archbishop on Inter Faith
7 November 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Rowan Williams, visited Burnley to find out more about inter-faith…

October 2009

Joint Statement by The Archbishop of Westminster and The Archbishop of Canterbury
20 October 2009
Today's announcement of the Apostolic Constitution is a response by Pope Benedict XVI to a number of…

September 2009

Archbishop welcomes possible Papal visit to Britain
23 September 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, currently on a visit to the Anglican Church in Japan,…

Archbishop awards Nikæan Cross to Bishop Huber
10 September 2009
The Nikæan Club's Annual Dinner welcomed 126 members and guests in The Great Hall at Lambeth Palace.…

Spiritual Struggle in the Orthodox Tradition
9 September 2009
A message from the Archbishop of Canterbury to Prior Enzo and the Community of the Monastery of Bose…

July 2009

Archbishop addresses Affirming Catholicism National Day in Bristol
20 July 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, will attend a national conference of Affirming Catholicism…

May 2009

Archbishop of Canterbury welcomes new Archbishop of Westminster
21 May 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has today given a greeting to Archbishop Vincent Nichols…

April 2009

Archbishop 'delighted' by news of appointment of Archbishop Vincent Nichols as Archbishop of Westminster
3 April 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury has today welcomed the announcement of the appointment of Archbishop Vincent…

February 2009

Archbishop introduces His Eminence Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, the Archbishop of Westminster, to address the Synod
9 February 2009
Anglican-Roman Catholic Relations Agenda, General Synod, London.

Archbishop awards Cross of St Augustine to Monsignor Donald Bolen
3 February 2009
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has awarded the Cross of St Augustine to Monsignor Donald…

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