Anglicans and Lutherans in Canada are deepening their links and may be in full communion by the year 2001.

On May 25 the Anglican Church in Canada's (ACC) general council gave overwhelming approval in principle to a declaration intended to lead to closer ties with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) approved a document - "Called to Full Communion" - at its convention last year.

According to the Anglican News Service in Canada, "full communion" does not represent a merger of the two churches, but means that each recognizes the other's rites, services, sacraments and clerical orders.