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- Created 2012-02-26
is an international association of churches consisting of the
Church of England
and of national and regional
with it and specifically with its principal
Archbishop of Canterbury
. There is no single "Anglican Church" with universal juridical authority as each national or regional church has full autonomy.
The status of full communion means, ideally, that there is mutual agreement on essential doctrines and that full participation in the sacramental life of each church is available to all
With a membership currently estimated at around 80 million members worldwide, the Anglican Communion is the third largest Christian communion in the world, after the
Roman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
es. Some of these churches are known as Anglican, such as the
Anglican Church of Canada
, due to their historical link to England (
means "English Church"). Some, for example the
Church of Ireland
Episcopal churches, and some other associated churches have a separate name. Each church has its own
, based in most cases on that of the Church of England; and each church has its own legislative process and overall
, under the leadership of a local primate.
Archbishop of Canterbury
, religious head of the Church of England, has no formal authority outside that jurisdiction, but is recognised as symbolic head of the worldwide communion. Among the other primates, he is considered as
primus inter pares
The Anglican Communion considers itself to be part of the
One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church
and to be both
. For some adherents it represents a non-papal Catholicism, for others a form of
though without a dominant guiding figure such as
. For others, their self-identity represents some combination of the two. The communion encompasses a wide spectrum of belief and practice including
The Anglican Communion Office is headed by its Secretary General, the Reverend Canon Kenneth Kearon.
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