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Archbishop Justin's Primates Visits

Archbishop Justin in Cairo with the Bishop of Egypt and the Horn of Africa, Bishop Mouneer Anis, during a visit to Anglican primates in the Middle East, 23 June 2013.

On taking office in March 2013, Archbishop Justin committed to visiting every Province of the Anglican Communion within 18 months.

His desire was to express solidarity, build personal and professional bonds with fellow Primates, understand Anglican churches in their local contexts, and lay foundations for good collaboration over the coming years. 

In 2013, Archbishop Justin visited Anglican provinces in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda; the Middle East; Central America; and the Far East. 

The following year he travelled to South Sudan and the Great Lakes, North America, South Asia, the South Pacific, South America, West Africa, Ireland and Scotland. Archbishop Justin's wife, Caroline, travelled with him throughout the visits.

The Anglican Communion is a family of 38 self-governing churches which spans 165 countries, six continents and some 85 million people. Primates are the chief archbishops or bishops of a province.

On completing his "pilgrimage around the Communion", the Archbishop told the Church of England's General Synod that the Anglican Communion is "flourishing". Read his address here.

Read more about Archbishop Justin's primate visits: 

March 2016

Archbishop begins three-day visit to Burundi
4 March 2016
Archbishop Justin is visiting Burundi to show solidarity with Anglicans and pray for peace and reconciliation…

December 2014

Love matters most in a crisis - a Christmas message for the Treasurer magazine
3 December 2014
Writing in the Treasurer magazine, Archbishop Justin reflects on his Anglican Communion tour and praises…

November 2014

Archbishop concludes global Anglican tour in Scotland
24 November 2014
“I want us to be the kind of church that welcomes everyone," says Archbishop during two-day visit to…

October 2014

Archbishop Justin visits Ghana with praise for its 'remarkable' religious tolerance
31 October 2014
Archbishop visits the Province of West Africa on the final overseas leg of his global visits to fellow…

Archbishop visits South East Asia and Myanmar
24 October 2014
Archbishop Justin concludes five-day visit to the Anglican provinces of South East Asia and Myanmar.…

Archbishop of Canterbury visits the Church of Ireland
2 October 2014
Reconciliation "remains constantly in our prayers" says Archbishop on first day of visit to Belfast,…

September 2014

Archbishop of Canterbury visits Anglicans in Brazil and Chile
8 September 2014
Continuing his worldwide visits to fellow primates, Archbishop Justin Welby visits Anglican churches…

August 2014

'We must be Christ in this troubled world' - sermon
15 August 2014
Preaching at the Holy Sepulchre Maori Mission Church in Auckland, Archbishop Justin Welby reflected on…

Archbishops of Canterbury and Melbourne joint statement on Iraq
14 August 2014
Archbishop Justin Welby and Archbishop Philip Freier made a joint statement on the crisis in northern…

Archbishop in Melbourne: Church should pursue ‘positive holiness’
13 August 2014
Archbishop Justin Welby preaches at inauguration of new Archbishop of Melbourne during 10-day visit to…

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