The Anglican Communion is an international association of national and regional Anglican churches. As the name suggests, the Anglican Communion is an association of the churches in full communion with the Church of England (which may be regarded as the mother church of the worldwide communion) and specifically with its principal primate, the Archbishop of Canterbury. There is no single "Anglican Church" with universal juridical authority as each national or regional church has full autonomy in a communion of churches bound together by what has traditionally been named as “bonds of affection.”
The worldwide Anglican Communion comprises more than 80 million members in 44 regional and national member churches around the globe in more than 160 countries.
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