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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:

February 2009

Archbishop's greeting to His Holiness Kyrill on his enthronement as Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia
1 February 2009
The Archbishop has today sent the following letter of greeting to His Holiness Kyrill, on his day of…

January 2009

Sermon at Vespers in Westminster Cathedral during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
22 January 2009
The service was the last event attended by Cardinal Murphy O'Connor as one of the four co-presidents…

Unity and Universality, Locality and Diversity in Anglicanism
11 January 2009
A contribution to the Second Receptive Ecumenism Conference, 11-14 January 2009, Ushaw College, Durham:…

December 2008

Churches urge Europe's leaders to build a greener economy
9 December 2008
In advance of the EU summit this month, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Archbishop of the Church of…

Archbishop expresses sadness at the death of Patriarch Aleksii II of Moscow
5 December 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has expressed his sadness on being informed of the death…

September 2008

Archbishop of Canterbury's sermon for the International Mass at Lourdes
24 September 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury's sermon at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes at the International Mass…

Presentations made by Cardinal Walter Kasper and Archbishop Rowan Williams at 'Mary and the Unity of the Church' Ecumenical Conference
24 September 2008
Hosted by Bishop Jacques Perrier of Tarbes and Lourdes, during Archbishop Williams' visit to the Sanctuary…

Archbishop of Canterbury to preach in Lourdes for 150th anniversary of the visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary
18 September 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury will participate in anniversary celebrations at the Shrine of Our Lady of…

July 2008

The Archbishop's address at a Dinner given by the Nikæan Club
29 July 2008
The dinner was attended by all the ecumenical participants present at the Conference on 29 July. The…

General Synod, York, 2008 - The Church of the Triune God
4 July 2008
Following an allocution from Metropolitan John Zizioulas of Persamon, the Archbishop of Canterbury gave…

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