Archbishop of Canterbury in Rome

Visit includes meeting with Pope Francis

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will meet Pope Francis as part of his three-day visit to Rome from 14-16 June. The visit comes exactly one year since the pontiff first met the head of the Church of England and spiritual head of the global Anglican Church.

Archbishop Welby's time in Rome will focus on the modern slavery and human trafficking initiative launched jointly by the archbishop and Pope Francis earlier this year.

There will be three main events during which the public will have the chance to see the archbishop on Sunday 15 June, beginning with Morning Worship at All Saints' Anglican Church on Via del Babuino 153 at 11.00. Later at 17.00 there will be Anglican Vespers at S. Gregorio al Celio, opposite Circo Massimo, and then at 20.30, there will be an Evening Service with the S. Egidio community at the Church of St Barnabas on Tiber Island.

During his three days in the capital, Archbishop Welby will also visit the Anglican Centre in Rome where will be welcomed by his representative to the Holy See, the centre's director, Archbishop David Moxon. On that occasion the new website for the international Anglican – Roman Catholic Commission on Unity and Mission will be launched.

Archbishop Welby will also inspect a church-based refugee project, and meet with the international ecumenical Catholic foundation Chemin Neuf, four of whose members took up residence this year at Lambeth Palace, the official London home of the Archbishop of Canterbury.