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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:

June 2008

Archbishop pays tribute to Henry Chadwick
24 June 2008
Dr Rowan Williams pays tribute to the life of theologian Henry Chadwick in an obituary published in the…

Archbishop and Church Leaders call for worshippers to make 'Time for God's Creation'
6 June 2008
Church leaders have called upon Christians throughout England to use the period from 1st September until…

Rome, Constantinople, and Canterbury: Mother Churches?
5 June 2008
Message from the Archbishop to a conference on primacy, sponsored by the Fellowship of St Alban and St…

Archbishop - Christian-Muslim engagement 'for the sake of peace in our common home'
3 June 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury yesterday convened an ecumenical gathering to discuss ways in which Christian-Muslim…

May 2008

Archbishop meets delegation from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church
13 May 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams received a delegation from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church…

The Inauguration of David Richardson, Archbishop of Canterbury's personal representative in the Holy See
7 May 2008
Video and transcription of the Archbishop's blessing for David Richardson at Santa Maria Sopra Minerva…

Archbishop - 'friendly meeting' with Pope Benedict
6 May 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams has described his private meeting with Pope Benedict…

Interview with Vatican Radio in Rome
5 May 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams was interviewed by Philippa Hitchen about his meeting…

April 2008

Archbishops issue joint statement on Zimbabwe
24 April 2008
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have today issued a joint statement in support of the strong voice…

January 2008

Archbishop's tribute to His Beatitude Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and All Greece
30 January 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury has paid tribute to His Beatitude Archbishop Christodoulos, the Archbishop…

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